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Visiting astronauts given star treatment by pupils

The astronauts who performed China's first manned space docking mission were brought down to earth by Hong Kong children yesterday.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:30pm

Chinese astronauts' HK tour runs into protesters

Guards remove a protester during yesterday's tour.Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:43am

Crew taking music to the stars

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

How the mission was accomplished

The Shenzhou VII space programme delegation wrapped up their four-day visit to Hong Kong with a forum at Queen Elizabeth Stadium on Monday.

The venue was packed with 2,500 primary and secondary school students who were keen to know more about life in space.

10 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Astronauts hope they'd have HK snacks and a TV on future mission

If Hong Kong delicacies such as egg tarts and fish balls become part of astronauts' diets in future space missions, the city might have Colonel Jing Haipeng to thank for it.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Variety the spice of life as 20,000 fans turn out to see spacemen

More than 20,000 fans of the Shenzhou VII astronauts packed a variety show at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday afternoon to honour the men to took part in the nation's first spacewalk mission.

8 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Space fever fuels price cut at the pumps

Petrol station operator Sinopec has cut oil prices by almost one-fifth to celebrate the Shenzhou VII spacecraft delegation's arrival in Hong Kong today.

The company has reduced the price of all its unleaded petrol products by HK$2.50 a litre, from today.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Nation set to show off top-secret aircraft

Military prepares to unveil 16 advanced planes at Air Show China today

The nation is set to display its latest military aircraft for the first time as part of a showcase of its rising aeronautical prowess at today's Air Show China in Zhuhai , Guangdong province.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Ceremony marks return of capsule

In a symbolic event on National Day, Beijing held a grand ceremony to mark the return of the Shenzhou VII re-entry capsule.

The blackened capsule was opened yesterday at the China Space Technology Research Institute, and technicians showed objects taken from the capsule to a group of guests.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Spacewalk heroes return to Earth

Mission commander hails 'glorious mission, full of challenges, with a perfect result'

Three Chinese astronauts returned safely to Earth yesterday after a 68-hour voyage and the country's first spacewalk.

29 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

A moment of anxiety, then orbiter door opens on new era in space

'Beijing. This is Shenzhou VII. Instrument panel indicates a fire hazard in the orbiter module. Please advise,' Colonel Jing Haipeng reported from the re-entry capsule.

The warning could not have come at a worse moment for Colonel Zhai Zhigang , who had just left the hatch and was drifting in the void with one hand on the handrail.

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

China takes small step in conquest of final frontier

Astronaut Zhai Zhigang's brief stroll over the hull of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft yesterday marked a milestone for China's space programme. The domestically developed spacesuit that the mission commander wore has proved its worth. The first Chinese spacewalk in history lasted about 20 minutes, but it represented a major advance in space exploration for the country.

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Shenzhou crew ready for launch

The commander of China's latest space mission, which blasts off today, pronounced himself and his crew 'physically, psychologically and technically ready' for their journey, which will see the first Chinese spacewalk.

25 Sep 2008 - 12:00am