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Shenzhou X

Bumpy touchdown for Shenzhou X crew after China's longest manned space mission

The three-person crew of the Shenzhou X completed China's longest manned space mission with a bumpy touchdown yesterday, marking an important milestone for the nation's ambitions.

Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 5:00am

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

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

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 launches first 'routine service mission' into space

Wu Ping , deputy director of the programme's administrative office, said the nine previous Shenzhou space flights had been experimental and burdened with untested technology or equipment, such as life support and manual docking systems .

11 Jun 2013 - 3:01am

Shenzhou X spacecraft gets set to blast off on two-week trip

Three Chinese astronauts will blast off in the Shenzhou X spacecraft this month for a two-week mission to make final preparations for the construction of a space laboratory next year.

4 Jun 2013 - 4:37am