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Shenzhou Programme

China’s latest manned space mission blasts off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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