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

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

Shenzhou IX back from orbital lab

Shenzhou IX's re-entry capsule undershot its touchdown target yesterday morning, landing in uneven terrain that the ground-rescue team took some time to reach, but the astronauts emerged healthy and smiling after their successful mission.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Space city in the desert not so secret

Dongfeng Space City sounds hi-tech but it looks plain.

20 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

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Landmarks in sky and at the bottom of the sea

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

Countdown for first Chinese woman in space

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

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

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

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Alleged WikiLeaks informant has day in court

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

To space, via Australia

The Chinese space programme can thank Ian Fitzgerald for a big favour.

The chief executive of the council in Mingenew, a rural area in Western Australia, approved the construction of a Chinese ground station on a farm called Dongara in March.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

China a step closer to building its own space station

Encouraged by yesterday morning's historic rendezvous and docking of the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft, Chinese authorities said construction of a space station will begin as soon as 2013.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Our prime concern is to let the public receive timely medical care and to relieve pressure among frontline staff

Hospital Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk defends hiring overseas doctors

It is quite difficult and risky to join together two vehicles travelling at high speeds in orbit, with a margin of error of no more than 20 centimetres

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am