The three Chinese astronauts' Hong Kong tour had largely gone as planned - until yesterday afternoon, when they were met by about 10 protesting students demanding social justice on the mainland.Monday, 13 August, 2012, 8:43am
The astronauts who performed China's first manned space docking mission were brought down to earth by Hong Kong children yesterday.
On the second day of their four-day visit to the city, Senior Colonel Jing Haipeng , Senior Colonel Liu Wang and the first Chinese woman in space, Major Liu Yang , faced a barrage of questions from young fans.15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm
Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Shenzhou-9 crew on a mission closer to home15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm
Hong Kong is to welcome several eminent mainland visitors - the three astronauts who completed the country's first space docking in June, and probably some Olympic medallists - this month.
At least one commentator sees the visits as an attempt to boost the Beijing-loyalist vote in September's Legislative Council election.15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm
There has been a great deal of media hype about how different today's Shenzhou-IX mission will be compared to previous Chinese space missions with all-male crew.
Perhaps the astronauts' choice of in-flight entertainment for the latest mission sheds some light on the changes.16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft is due to lift off today - possibly signalling the start of the countdown to the first Hongkonger in orbit.
Three Chinese astronauts, including the country's first spacewoman, are set to blast off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia at 6.37pm.16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am