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News Archive / Tagged: Shenzhou 11

  • Shenzhou 11 crew returns to Earth after month in space

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 18th, 2016

    China’s Shenzhou 11 spacecraft successfully landed on Friday, Nov. 18, in Inner Mongolia with two taikonauts aboard, completing the country’s longest crewed mission to date. The re-entry module touched down at 1:59 p.m. local time (12:59 a.m. EST / 05:59 GMT).

  • Shenzhou 11 spacecraft successfully docks with Tiangong 2 space laboratory

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 18th, 2016

    A duo of Shenzhou 11 taikonauts entered the Tiangong 2 orbital laboratory after a flawless docking of the two spacecraft at 3:31 a.m. China Standard Time on Oct. 19 (3:31 p.m EDT / 19:31 GMT on Oct. 18). The two-person crew will spend 30 days aboard the space lab testing advanced life support systems and conducting various science experiments.

  • China launches two taikonauts into space aboard Shenzhou 11

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 16th, 2016

    China has successfully launched its sixth manned space mission, sending two taikonauts into orbit aboard the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft. The crewed vehicle was lifted atop a Long March 2F rocket at 7:30 a.m. local time on Oct. 17 (7:30 p.m. EDT / 23:30 GMT on Oct. 16) from Launch Area 4 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert.

  • China set to launch Shenzhou 11 crewed mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2016

    Under a shroud of secrecy, China is completing final steps toward the launch of its Shenzhou 11 spacecraft with two taikonauts on board. On Oct. 10, the country rolled out the Long March 2F rocket that will be used to send the crewed mission into space.

  • China’s Tiangong-1 space laboratory to fall to Earth in 2017

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 23rd, 2016

    China’s first space laboratory, Tiangong-1 (“Heavenly Palace”), is expected to re-enter the atmosphere in the second half of 2017, according to Chinese officials. While most parts of the spacecraft will burn up, there are worries some pieces may hit the ground.