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Chinese astronauts parachute to earth after space mission

AP: China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft returned to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission. The crew, which included China’s first female astronaut, parachuted to a landing on the grasslands of the country’s Inner Mongolia region.

Photo: Members of the search team approach the re-entry capsule of China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft (AP)

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A video clip of this historic event:


Chinese Astronauts entered the Tiangong-1 Prototype Orbital Space Module early this morning, marking a significant milestone in Chinese Aerospace history. The three-member crew of Shenzhou 9, with the first Chinese female Astronaut, is seen here waving at a television camera shortly after the hatch opening. Commander Jing Haipeng is seen below immediately after opening the hatch between the two space crafts. Shenzhou 9’s orbital module will act as the kitchen, toilet, and living facilities of the two-ship complex, while Tiangong-1 will be primarily for research and on-orbit operations. The crew is expected to stay at the module for ten days. This is China’s fourth manned spaceflight, and first long duration mission, expected to last anywhere from 12-14 days.


BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked with an orbiting module Monday, another first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in space.

The Shenzhou 9 capsule completed the maneuver with the Tiangong 1 module shortly after 2 p.m. (0600 GMT), 343 kilometers (213 miles) above Earth. The docking was shown live on national television.

Astronauts will live and work in the module for several days as part of preparations for manning a permanent space station. The crew includes 33-year-old Liu Yang, an air force pilot and China’s first female space traveler.

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Ahead of China´s first crewed mission to their Tiangong 1 station, and their first female astronaut, Mayor Kiu Yang, which is scheduled for launch tomorrow, we can view a clip of the crew and an infographic detailing the mission:

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Good luck to Maj. Yang! Find out more about tomorrow´s Shenzhou 9 launch to Tiangong 1:


Meet China’s First Female Astronaut

China has said it will send its first female astronaut into space on Saturday, when the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft blasts off from the Gobi desert for the country’s first ever manned space docking.

Liu Yang, a 33-year-old major in the People’s Liberation Army who entered the astronaut training program just two years ago, will take part in China’s fourth manned space launch, a spokeswoman for the country’s space program said.

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Image credit: Xinhua Press/Corbis

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Good luck and all success to the Taikonauts! 運氣好所有的成功

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China Unveils Astronaut Crew, 1st Female Spaceflyer, for Saturday Launch

China has unveiled the three-person crew for its first manned docking spaceflight set to launch Saturday (June 16) — a mission that will send the country’s first female astronaut into orbit in the process.

The crew of China’s Shenzhou 9 space docking mission met reporters today (June 15) at the country’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center ahead of Saturday’s planned launch at 6:37 p.m. local time (6:37 a.m. EDT or 1037 GMT). The three astronauts, or taikonauts as China’s spaceflyers are known, include male crewmembers Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and the country’s first woman to fly in space: the 34-year-old Liu Yang.

“I am grateful to the motherland and the people,” Liu Yang said in a press conference according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. “I feel honored to fly into space on behalf of hundreds of millions of female Chinese citizens.”

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