Manned Spacecraft

Astronauts' visit can inspire Hong Kong youth to look to science, not just business

Chinese astronauts coming to Hong Kong are nothing new; they have made official stops twice before. Nor is near space as exotic as it once was.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 1:51am

Hong Kong scientists may join space missions

Scientists from Hong Kong could be headed into space to join their compatriots aboard China's planned space station, it was revealed yesterday - as the country's first woman astronaut arrived in the city.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Tearful farewell

Tearful farewell

China's first woman in space Major Liu Yang sheds a tear as she listens to a recording of the story of how she became an astronaut, while (right) Senior Colonel Liu Wang plays a tune on his harmonica during a tea party.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:49pm

Shenzhou IX astronauts bid farewell to Hong Kong

Astronauts Liu Yang (left), Liu Wang and Jing Haipeng during a tea party with about 180 Hong Kong women in Hung Hom. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

China's first female in space and her two colleagues on board the Shenzhou IX rocket bid an apt farewell to Hong Kong yesterday, when it was all about the women.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:14am

Talking points

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Shenzhou-IX to touch down with space pioneers

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Shenzhou makes textbook docking

China completed its first manual space docking yesterday, a landmark step in the country's programme to build a space station by 2020.

The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft and its three-person crew, including the country's first spacewoman, Liu Yang, docked with the Tiangong-1 space module at around 12.50pm, with state television covering the event live.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Space treasures go on display

To celebrate the upcoming launch of China's Shenzhou-9 rocket, Cityplaza in Quarry Bay will be holding Hong Kong's largest-ever mall exhibition this summer.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Home away from home as astronauts tuck in

The space lives of the three astronauts who are scheduled to set foot on the Tiangong-1 space module this afternoon will not be all that different from what they are accustomed to back on earth - complete with Chinese fried rice and their favourite pop songs.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Woman astronaut can inspire China

The idea of a woman going into space lost its novelty when Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova made the journey 49 years ago. She has since been joined by 53 others, from the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and Britain. With so many predecessors, China's ascending to the elite club is, in global terms, not a big deal.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Space for politics

When the Shenzhou-IX spacecraft is launched today from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia, on a mission to dock with the Tiangong-1 space laboratory module it will be carrying China's first woman astronaut.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Woman astronaut gets her own toilet and bedroom

For the country's first female astronaut, the Tiangong-1 space lab module will feature a toilet facility specially designed for women, as well as a separate bedroom area where she will be able to sleep and groom herself in private during the 10-day docking.

And yes, she will be allowed to bring basic cosmetics with her.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Shenzhou-IX launch could be on Saturday

The earliest China would be able to launch its Shenzhou-IX manned spacecraft would be Saturday, mainland media reported yesterday while giving information about the two female candidates vying for the mission.

The City Express, based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, quoted an unidentified person involved in the mission as saying that the launch window could open on Saturday.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The motto cannot be to avoid using the rescue fund at all costs

The head of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, called on Spain to tap Europe's bailout fund to prop up its banks

[The Shenzhou-IX crew] might include female astronauts

Niu Hongguang, deputy chief of China's manned space programme

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Summer launch for next mission

Three Chinese astronauts will blast off on a Long March rocket and board the Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) space laboratory, orbiting above the earth, between June and August, mainland authorities said yesterday.

The taikonauts, whose identities remain secret, would break many records in China's brief but ambitious history of human space flight, some space experts said.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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Alleged WikiLeaks informant has day in court

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am