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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.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:23pm

Astronauts get stellar send-off

When the three astronauts of the Shenzhou-IX mission emerged from their quarantined residence at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at about 3.30pm yesterday, hundreds of people cheered, waved flowers and sang a victory song as military bands drummed in the background

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Saturation coverage in nation's media

The launch of Shenzhou-IX with China's first woman astronaut aboard generated saturation media coverage not seen since the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the first manned space flight in 2003.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Space toilet likely to be object of fascination

Items from the national space programme never seen before in Hong Kong will go on show in Taikoo Shing this month, with the star of the show expected to be the toilet - even though it's already out of use.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Crowds head for PLA open days, but take along their face masks

The threat of flu did not stop enthusiastic military fans from visiting the People's Liberation Army garrisons yesterday.

More than a thousand queued outside the Stonecutters Island naval base an hour before the garrison opened at 10.30am.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Youth space camp among festivities for 60th

Thirty Hong Kong students will travel to the mainland this summer to receive the same training that China's astronauts undergo - one of the dozen-plus events being organised to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

24 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

An issue more about reflection than spin

In terms of word length, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has never backed away from the topic of 'national education' in his policy addresses. The 2007 policy address has a total of 130 paragraphs while this year's speech contained 137 paragraphs.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Spacecraft re-entry module makes triumphant return to Beijing

The re-entry module of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft returned to Beijing yesterday afternoon, two days after it touched down in Inner Mongolia and just in time for a hatch-opening ceremony on National Day today.

1 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Nation's first space walk set for October

A Chinese spacecraft will blast off in October, launching three astronauts into orbit to accomplish the nation's first space walk, state media reported yesterday.

13 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Mainland astronauts eye first spacewalk this year

The mainland's third manned space vessel will blast off in the second half of the year in a mission that analysts say will probably be the first step towards establishing a permanent outpost in space.

29 Feb 2008 - 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

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6 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Astronauts may be forced home early

China launched its second manned space mission yesterday, but the two astronauts may have to cut short their adventure.

The mission, hailed by Premier Wen Jiabao as a project 'with an objective to promote world peace', was originally scheduled to last 119 hours.

13 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Broadcast sends ad revenue sky high

Yesterday's successful liftoff is believed to have sent China Central Television's advertising revenues soaring, with advertisers scrambling to secure rights to slots during the exclusive broadcast.

13 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Salty prawns add a taste of home

Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng will be spending a lot longer in orbit than China's first man in space, Yang Liwei .

But they will also be more comfortable. Colonel Yang could not take off his space suit during his 21-hour mission, while Mr Fei and Mr Nie will be able to shed the 10kg suits for most of their time in space.

13 Oct 2005 - 12:00am