Astronauts in good shape after return

The three astronauts who went on the country's first manned space-docking mission last month said on Friday that they are in good health as they recuperate from their 13-day stay in space.

China leads the world in number of space launches

In the first half of 2012, China has for the first time become the global leader in the number of space launches. China carried out ten space launches, Russia - nine, and the United States in third with eight.

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Profile: Jing Haipeng

Jing Haipeng

Jing Haipeng

Among the three-member team for the upcoming Shenzhou-9 manned space mission, Jing Haipeng is an experienced astronaut and meticulous tutor.

Profile: Liu Yang

Liu Yang

Liu Yang

An eloquent speaker and a lover of cooking, Liu Yang is well-poised to be the first Chinese woman in space.                                                                            

Profile: Liu Wang

Liu Wang

Liu Wang

Liu Wang, used to ride a rough bicycle to his village school, is to ride China's most sophisticated vehicle to a space journey.                                                                            

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Who will be the first Chinese woman in Space?

One of the two female astronauts, Liu Yang and Wang Yaping, from the Wuhan Flight Unit, will join Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft docking mission with Tiangong-1 spacecraft in mid-June. They are selected as members of  the first batch of female astronauts in China because of their excellent flight skills and psychological quality.

Second space docking

China's Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft re-docked successfully with the Tiangong-1, a module of the country's planned space lab, Monday evening.

Launch of Shenzhou-8

The unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 was launched at 5:58 a.m., Nov.1.

Return to Earth

The Shenzhou-8 is set to return to Earth on the evening of Nov. 17.

Dock with Tiangong-1

Shenzhou-8 was docked with space lab module Tiangong-1 at 1:36 a.m., Nov.2, marking another great leap for China's space program.

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China's First Spacewalk

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ProcedureTurn

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BoosterSeparation

Booster
Separation

Stage 1 Engine Cutoff

Stage 1 Engine Cutoff

Stage 1&2 Separation

Stage 1&2 Separation

FairingThrowing

Fairing
Throwing

Stage 2 Engine Cutoff

Stage 2 Engine Cutoff

Separation of Module and Rocket

Separation of Module and Rocket

Spreading Solar Cell Wings

Spreading Solar Cell Wings

Lunched Successfully

Lunched Successfully

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  • All systems go for key space launch

    All systems go for key space launch
    All systems go for key space launch
  • Schematic of Chinese space station

    Schematic of Chinese space station
    Tiangong-1 is a rendezvous and docking target spacecraft of China's manned space engineering project.
  • Long-March series of carrier rockets

    Long-March series of carrier rockets
    Long-March series of carrier rockets
  • Typical orbits of spacecraft

    Typical orbits of spacecraft
    Typical orbits of spacecraft
First artificial Earth satellite launched

First artificial Earth satellite launched

1970:First artificial Earth satellite -- Dong Fang Hong-1 Satellite -- was launched at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

China becomes the fifth country to launch satellites.

Long March rocket series began to initiate commercial launch programs

Long March rocket series began to initiate commercial launch programs

1985: The Long March rocket series began to initiate commercial launch programs.

1990:Long March 3 launched the first foreign satellite -- the U.S.-built AsiaSat 1.

Shenzhou series manned aircraft launched

Shenzhou series manned aircraft launched

2003: The launch of its first manned aircraft -- Shenzhou 5 -- sent one astronaut into space.

2005: Shenzhou 6 manned aircraft was launched, sending two astronauts into space.

Chang'e series lunar orbiter launched

Chang'e series lunar orbiter launched

2007: The first unmanned lunar orbiter -- Chang'e 1-- was launched.

2011: China's second moon orbiter Chang'e-2 sent back the first batch of data from outer space.