Shenzhou Programme

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.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 7:51pm 1 comment

China plans Shenzhou-10 manned space launch for June

Liu Yang, China's first woman astronaut, waves as she leaves the Jiuquan satellite launch centre in western China's Gansu province. Photo: AP

China is aiming to launch its next manned space mission as early as June next year, state media reported on Saturday, as the country steps up its ambitious exploration programme.

10 Nov 2012 - 7:50pm

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

Visiting astronauts given star treatment by pupils

The astronauts who performed China's first manned space docking mission were brought down to earth by Hong Kong children yesterday.

On the second day of their four-day visit to the city, Senior Colonel Jing Haipeng , Senior Colonel Liu Wang and the first Chinese woman in space, Major Liu Yang , faced a barrage of questions from young fans.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

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.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Talking points

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

Shenzhou-9 crew on a mission closer to home

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

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

Chinese astronauts' HK tour runs into protesters

Guards remove a protester during yesterday's tour.Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The three Chinese astronauts' Hong Kong tour had largely gone as planned - until yesterday afternoon, when they were met by about 10 protesting students demanding social justice on the mainland.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:43am

Astronaut, athlete visits 'part of election strategy'

Hong Kong is to welcome several eminent mainland visitors - the three astronauts who completed the country's first space docking in June, and probably some Olympic medallists - this month.

At least one commentator sees the visits as an attempt to boost the Beijing-loyalist vote in September's Legislative Council election.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

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

Shenzhou makes textbook docking

China completed its first manual space docking yesterday, a landmark step in the country's programme to build a space station by 2020.

The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft and its three-person crew, including the country's first spacewoman, Liu Yang, docked with the Tiangong-1 space module at around 12.50pm, with state television covering the event live.

25 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

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

Two big steps for China in space

China launched three astronauts - including its first woman - into orbit yesterday on a mission that will see the crew attempt a difficult manned docking with the Tiangong-I space module, a critical step in the nation's ambitious plan to build a space station by 2020.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am