Shenzhou Program

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.

Tuesday, 14 August, 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 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

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

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

Astronauts to be chosen today, lift off tomorrow

A panel of aerospace experts will select the two astronauts for China's second manned space mission today - just a day before the Shenzhou VI is launched.

11 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Stars in their eyes

The Shenzhou VI launch gantry provides the backdrop for the National Day wedding of Yang Yanfeng and Wang Lei , who met during the Shenzhou II project in 2001. The Shenzhou VI could take off a day either side of its scheduled launch date next Thursday depending on the weather, said Jiang Jingshan, a designer with the Chinese Lunar Orbiting Exploration Programme.

6 Oct 2005 - 12:00am