24/7 Space News
Shenzhou 15 crew share memorable moments from Tiangong Station mission
Astronauts (from right) Deng Qingming, Fei Junlong and Zhang Lu receive astronaut dolls from reporters at a press meet on Shenzhou XV manned mission in Beijing on Monday. (pool)
Shenzhou 15 crew share memorable moments from Tiangong Station mission
by Staff Writers
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 01, 2023

The three astronauts from China's Shenzhou XV manned mission met with the press on Monday, in their first public appearance since returning to Earth 57 days ago.

Mission commander Major General Fei Junlong, Senior Colonel Deng Qingming and Senior Colonel Zhang Lu have completed quarantine and recuperation, the first two stages in their period of recovery after landing, and are currently in good physical and mental condition, according to a news conference held at the Astronaut Center of China in Beijing.

They have now moved to the observation stage, the final leg of the recovery process, and will resume regular training after completing health assessments.

As the fourth group of astronauts to be stationed aboard the Tiangong space station, Fei and his teammates took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China at 11:08 pm on Nov 29 and returned at 6:33 am on June 4.

During their 188-day stay in space, they observed the completion of the in-orbit assembly of Tiangong.

"It was a great honor for me to witness the historic completion of the space station," 58-year-old mission commander Fei said. He also participated in China's second manned space mission in October 2005.

When asked about the mission's most memorable moments, Fei mentioned the two in-orbit handovers between crews, the first of which raised the number of crew aboard the station to six for the first time. They made the second handover before they returned to the Earth.

Team member Deng trained for 25 years before he finally got an opportunity to travel to space. "Twenty-five is a number that makes me feel extremely happy," the 57-year-old said.

Coincidentally, the distance from their living quarters to the location of the see-off ceremony on the day of launch was 25 meters, according to Deng, who is the last serving member among the 14 first-generation Chinese astronauts to have visited space.

"Fulfilling my dream does not spell the end of my efforts, but is a new starting point for me," Deng said.

He said that the crew conducted four spacewalks, completed the installation and testing of 15 scientific cabinets, and carried out some 40 experiments and verifications in fields such as aerospace medicine.

Zhang, 46, said that he was eager to return to his hometown for the first time in six years. "From the space station, 400 kilometers above the Earth, the three of us often gazed at the planet, searching for our motherland and hometowns."

Zhang was the only member of the seven second-generation astronauts without space experience prior to the mission.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

Related Links
China Manned Space Agency
The Chinese Space Program - News, Policy and Technology
China News from SinoDaily.com

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
China's Lunar Mission targets manned landing by 2030
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 26, 2023
China's ambitious lunar exploration program has leaped forward following the announcement of its moon landing mission by the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). The lunar venture aims to land astronauts on the moon by 2030, reflecting China's dedication to space exploration and its resolve to make significant headway in lunar exploration. China's moon landing plan, as outlined by CMSA, involves launching two carrier rockets tasked with carrying a lunar lander and a manned spacecraft to lunar o ... read more

NASA announces crew for 2024 ISS rotation mission

NASA and Axiom Space join forces for fourth private mission in 2024

NASA back in touch with Voyager 2 after 'interstellar shout'

NASA hears 'heartbeat' from Voyager 2 after inadvertant blackout

Boeing says troubled Starliner will be ready to fly crew by March

Hypersonics Capability Center: Northrop Grumman's next step beyond Mach 5

SpaceX launches 22 additional Starlink satellites

A new frontier for space in Australia with approval granted for a permanent commercial space launch facility in Koonibba

Daily records of atmospheric temperature with Perseverance

Can we see Mars' Breath in the Winter Cold: Sols 3907-3908

Curiosity faces its toughest climb yet on Mars

Unraveling river pathways on Earth and Mars

Scientists reveal blueprint of China's lunar water-ice probe mission

Shenzhou 15 crew share memorable moments from Tiangong Station mission

China's Space Station Opens Doors to Global Scientific Community

China's Lunar Mission targets manned landing by 2030

Galaxy 37 Horizons-4 performing well after launch

Toshiba prepares for $14 bn deal to go private

JUPITER 3 set to revolutionize satellite connectivity across the Americas

Iridium Board of Directors approves additional share repurchase program

Solestial's Tech to Power Atomos's OTVs

Recycling parts for life on the Moon

Captain Kirk to the holodeck: Shatner beams in to remote meeting

UTokyo unfolds the 'Future Window' dream

New exoplanet discovery builds better understanding of planet formation

Violent Atmosphere Gives Rare Look at Early Planetary Life

Using cosmic weather to study which worlds could support life

Water discovered in rocky planet-forming zone offers clues on habitability

James Webb Space Telescope sees Jupiter moons in a new light

NASA's Juno Is Getting Ever Closer to Jupiter's Moon Io

SwRI team identifies giant swirling waves at the edge of Jupiter's magnetosphere

First ultraviolet data collected by ESA's JUICE mission

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2023 - 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.