Backgrounder: China's six manned space missions
by Staff Writers
Beijing (XNA) Jan 23, 2018
Since the establishment of the Taikonaut Corps of the People's Liberation Army in 1998, Chinese taikonauts have completed six manned spaceflights, conducted over 100 scientific experiments and orbited the earth for 68 days and nights.
The corps recruited its first batch of 14 taikonauts from the elite pilots of the PLA Air Force in 1998. In 2010, seven more former pilots joined the mission.
The following are the details of each manned spaceflight:
Yang Liwei became well-known as China's first taikonaut in space after orbiting the earth 14 times and traveling some 600,000 kilometers in space in 21 hours, a record for the world's most populous nation.
The mission aimed to master technology relating to a "multi-person and multi-day" orbital flight, as well as to carry out manned space-related scientific experiments and medical experiments.
Two other taikonauts Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng were also onboard the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft.
Liu Yang became China's first woman in space.
It also marked the beginning of a new journey for China as it inched closer to its goal of building a permanent space station by around 2020.
Three taikonauts Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping spent 12 days in Tiangong-1, where they conducted medical experiments and technical tests.
Female taikonaut Wang Yaping delivered China's first space lecture to students on Earth, about basic physics principles.
The two taikonauts spent a total of 33 days in space.
With the establishment of its own space station, which is expected around 2020, China will carry out manned space missions on a regular basis, and engineers and even tourists will then hopefully go to space.
Source: Xinhua News
Nanjing Beijing (XNA) Jan 19, 2018
China's first nano-satellite with primary and middle school students involved in the development and building process will be launched into space Friday. The satellite, named after late Premier Zhou Enlai, was sent from its production base in Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base in east China's Jiangsu Province to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province ... read more
China National Space Administration
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
China News from SinoDaily.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.|