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.
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.
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.
Stage 1 Engine Cutoff
Stage 1&2 Separation
Stage 2 Engine Cutoff
Separation of Module and Rocket
Spreading Solar Cell Wings
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.
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.
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.
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.