Shenzhou 10

China’s astronauts return to earth from longest manned space mission

Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping emerges from the re-entry capsule on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

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

China makes its own mark in space with Shenzhou-10

The Long March 2-F rocket loaded with Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Photo: Reuters

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

Untelevised space docking signals focus on Mars and asteroids

The screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre shows the three astronauts waving hands at the Tiangong-1 space module as it docks with their Shenzhou-10 craft. Photo: Xinhua

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

Smooth launch for Shenzhou X crew on China's longest manned space mission

The Long March 2-F rocket loaded with Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft carrying Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping lifts off from the launch pad in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province June 11, 2013. Photo: Reuters

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

China's 2nd woman astronaut blasts off amid doubts about claimed age

Spectators at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia watch as the Shenzhou X blasts off yesterday. The spacecraft, which has embarked on a 15-day mission, is carrying a crew of three, including the second Chinese woman to travel into space, Major Wang Yaping. Photo: AP

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

China’s latest manned space mission blasts off

The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft  blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Jiuquan, Gansu province, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

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

Talking points

The Shenzhou 10 rocket

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

Short Science, June 9, 2013

A reproduction of Archimedes' designs on show. Photo: AFP

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

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. 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 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

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

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

Public may see first space walk live on TV

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