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Launch preps for China's 4th manned mission


Posted on Thursday, 17 May, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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Three astronauts are scheduled to visit the Tiangong 1 laboratory on China's fourth manned space mission.

This mission will also see China's first female astronaut go in to space although the names of the trio have not yet been announced. Preparations are underway for the launch which could take place as early as mid-June, engineers have been conducting checks of the rocket and crew module to ensure that everything goes to plan on the day.

Once the astronauts reach the Tiangong 1 laboratory they will spend several days conducting experiments intended to advance future research and development including plans for the construction of a new space station about the size of NASA's Skylab.

"Three astronauts will fly into space on the Shenzhou 9 mission, which will be China's fourth human spaceflight."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 28 May, 2012, 16:04
Tiangong 1 Ready To Meet Shenzhou 9 After Shenzhou 8 departed in November 2011, controllers raised the orbit of Tiangong 1 to preserve it from potential re-entry brought about by the air drag that causes all low orbits to decay.In order to conserve propellant, they chose an altitude (about 375 kilometres) that would use the same air drag to bring the orbit down to the standard 335 kilometre Shenzhou operating height for the spring of 2012. Originally, China seemed to be aiming for a Shenzhou 9 launch sometime around May. Then, mid-March, a decision appears to have been made to put off the laun... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 9 June, 2012, 12:52
China to carry out manned space flight China has announced it will carry out a manned space flight at some point in the middle of June.A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft has been moved to a launch pad in the north-west of the country. According to state news agency Xinhua, it will carry three astronauts - possibly including a woman - to the Taingong 1 space station module. Read more...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 12 June, 2012, 17:35
China's female astronaut quandary China's space programme is preparing to make its own small piece of history by putting its first female astronaut into space, and China's internet has been buzzing with talk of some unusual selection criteria.At a launch site in the desert the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft is being readied. It may blast off this weekend, and one of the three crew is likely to be a woman. In the year that the Communist Party wants to showcase its achievements ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership change in the autumn, you might expect China's national media to be in overdrive about th... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 15 June, 2012, 11:32
China to send first woman astronaut Liu Yang into space China has named the female astronaut who on Saturday is set to become the nation's first woman in space.Liu Yang, 33, an air force pilot, will join two male colleagues on board the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, state-run news agency Xinhua says. The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 space station module, as China bids to establish a permanent space base in orbit. Liu will work on the mission with astronauts Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang. Read more...


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