VIDEO: A smiling mission commander Nie Haisheng was the first to emerge from the capsule at 9.31am. He was led to a chair and sat down nearby to wait for his fellow crew members to come out.Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am
The successful launch of Shenzhou-10 last week pushed China over a psychological hump that has confronted every nation's space programme, as it moves from nervous risk-taker to sure-footed explorer.16 Jun 2013 - 7:21am 1 comment
Shenzhou X docked with the orbiting Tiangong I yesterday and three Chinese astronauts who had spent nearly two days in the cramped spacecraft moved into the much more spacious and well-equipped space module to live and work for 12 days.14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am 1 comment
The Shenzhou X spacecraft blasted off from the Gobi Desert yesterday, taking three astronauts on China's longest manned space mission.12 Jun 2013 - 1:55pm
Major Wang Yaping became the second Chinese woman in space yesterday, the nation's youngest astronaut to blast off and the first born in the 1980s - if her date of birth announced by Beijing recently can be believed.12 Jun 2013 - 1:55pm 2 comments
A Chinese manned spacecraft blasted off with three astronauts on board on Tuesday on a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab in the latest step towards the development of a space station.
The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft was launched from a remote site in the Gobi desert in China’s far west at 5:38pm under warm, clear blue skies, in images carried live on state television.11 Jun 2013 - 7:51pm 1 comment
Countdown under way for Shenzhou launch
China's next manned rocket is expected to be launched tomorrow night. The Shenzhou 10 rocket and spaceship, which will carry a crew of three, has already been moved to the launch pad in the remote Gobi desert, in the northern province of Gansu . The ship will link up with the Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace") 1 module.
10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am
Genomics and particle physics - offering different perspectives on the fundamental nature of life and the cosmos - are the two hottest areas of scientific research.9 Jun 2013 - 2:37am
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. Manned missions to the International Space Station are regular events and the first commercial tourist flights are planned to begin next year.15 Aug 2012 - 1:51am
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
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
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
Mainland television may carry a live broadcast of the nation's first space walk from the Shenzhou VII spacecraft this year.
Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology president Yuan Jie revealed China had the technology to broadcast the space walk live. He made the comment yesterday on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Shanghai People's Congress.26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am