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"The requirement for physical quality of astronauts is very tough in China, and could be one of the toughest in the world. Because China is in the rapid development stage, and there are many uncertainties in the space."
--NASA space scientist Mark Lee

China sticks to the notion of inclusive development and takes a responsible attitude toward outer space activities and it is willing to make contribution through practical actions to the long-term sustainable development of outer space activities.
--Cheng Jingye, China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna

"It means China's spacecraft will become a genuine manned shuttle tool between space and Earth. It can send human beings to space stations or space labs."
--Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the manned space program

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Docking Procedure
CCD optical sensor Intervention in 100 meters. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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Meeting. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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Catching. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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Buffering. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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Closing. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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Locking. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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Docking accomplished. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua/Lu Zhe Buffering. The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. Photo: Xinhua
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Weibo Voices
@千载2011: Both of the two female astronauts are outstanding and whoever takes the space mission will win glory for our nation.

@腾讯电脑管家官方: In October, 2003, China conducted its first manned space mission with Shenzhou-5 which was carried into space by a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Nine years later, Shenzhou-9 is to carry China’s first female astronaut to the space and dock with Tiangong-1. There will be a Chinese heroine in space, which will not only win her much honor but the whole nation shall also be proud of her. I wish success for the docking mission and go ahead, China!

@吴戈中国军事杂志主编: Sending a female astronaut to  space is one of the most eye-catching news stories during the Shenzhou-9 space docking mission. There will be challenges once the space station is established. Who will be sent to make use of the space station? Meanwhile, the spacecrafts should be simpler, more comfortable and reliable.

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China's Space Plan
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Source: en.cmse.gov.cn
Shenzhou-9 Launch Drill
Backgrounder: Shenzhou-9
Launch time: June 16, 2012

Task: Send three astronauts to space, dock with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module

Carrier rocket: Long March-2F

Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu

Period in space: 15 to 20 days

Astronauts' mission:   conduct experiments inside the Tiangong-1 lab module

Spotlight:China's first manned space docking mission;  the first Chinese female astronaut into space
Carrier Rocket
Long March-2F
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The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft, the Long March-2F rocket, and the escape tower are vertically transferred to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gansu Province, June 9, 2012. China will launch its Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft sometime in mid-June to perform the country's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module, a spokesperson with the country's manned space program said here Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

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"100 rockets, 100 satellites" space mission

China has set a target of completing a space mission of "100 rockets, 100 satellites" during the five years between 2011 and 2015. On average, China will complete about 20 launch missions each year before 2015.

A huge step toward the era of a manned space station
Successfully completing the "rendezvous and docking" will be the key to achieving a strategic goal, but it is a universally acknowledged bottleneck of aviation technologies.

Women ready for space
The country has selected five men and two women candidates from among 30 men and 15 women for upcoming space missions. It will be the first time for China to put female astronauts into space. The candidates are required to undergo five years of training.

Why the next man on the moon will be Chinese
Since the crew of Apollo 17 returned from the moon in December 1972, no human has ever left low-Earth orbit. Five space shuttles, scores of Russian Soyuz capsules, the International Space Station, and more than 450 men and women have left the Earth since Apollo, but all have been bound to a small shell of space just outside our atmosphere

Will China capture the moon in the future?
In one of his most famous poems, the eighth-century Chinese master Li Bai looked up to the heavens and wrote, "I watch the bright moon/Lowering my head, I dream that I'm home." Today his descendants may be looking to the moon with even grander aspirations.


Mission Vocabulary

Astronaut
宇航员 (yǔ háng yuán)

Space
太空 (tài kōng)

Manned space docking mission
载人交会对接任务 (zǎi rén jiāo huì duì jiē rèn wu)

Space station
空间站 (kōng jiān zhàn)

Spacecraft
宇宙飞船 (yǔ zhòu fēi chuán)

Carrier rocket
运载火箭 (yùn zǎi huǒ jiàn)

Launch pad
发射台 (fā shè tái)

Orbit
轨道 (guǐ dào)


Spaceflight
航天飞行 (háng tiān fēi xíng)

Space walk
太空行走 (tài kōng xíng zǒu)


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