Shenzhou X

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

Astronauts Zhang Xiaoguang , Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping are welcomed home yesterday after their 15-day sojourn onboard the Tiangong-1 space station. Their Shenzhou X space craft landed safely and on target in Siziwang Banner in Inner Mongolia , despite suffering a bumpy landing. The astronauts nevertheless looked healthy and happy as they emerged from the capsule 85 minutes after touchdown. Photo: Xinhua

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 Long March 2-F rocket loaded with Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft carrying Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping lifts off from the launch pad in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province June 11, 2013. Photo: Reuters

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

Spectators at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia watch as the Shenzhou X blasts off yesterday. The spacecraft, which has embarked on a 15-day mission, is carrying a crew of three, including the second Chinese woman to travel into space, Major Wang Yaping. Photo: AP

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

Shenzhou X mission commander Nie Haisheng salutes as he is flanked by astronauts Wang Yaping and Zhang Xiaoguang yesterday. Photo: AP

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

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