17 October 2016
Several international experts are commenting on the launch of Shenzhou 11.
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17 October 2016
China on Monday, 17 October, successfully launched manned spacecraft Shenzhou 11 carrying two astronauts who will remain in space for 33 days, the longest mission in the country's manned space program to date. The launch was declared a success by Zhang Youxia, Commander-in-Chief of China's manned space programme, about 19 minutes after the blast-off. President Xi Jinping sent a message of congratulations for the successful launch, expressing the hope that "Chinese people will take bigger steps and march further in space probe, to make new contribution to the building of China into a space power." After docking with Tiangong 2, the astronauts will enter the space lab and stay there for 30 days.
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17 October 2016
A see-off ceremony for two Chinese astronauts of the upcoming Shenzhou 11 manned space mission was held on Monday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), met with astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong at the apartment compound Wentiange, or "Ask-the-Sky Pavilion," of the launch center. On behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council, the CMC and General Secretary of CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping, Fan wished the mission success. "You are going to travel in space to pursue the space dream of the Chinese nation," Fan said.
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16 October 2016
Chen Dong is about to embark on his first space mission early Monday, 17 October. When flying aircrafts, he often wondered what it would be like to push through the Earth's atmosphere, he recalled. He will soon find out. The 38-year-old aviator is one half of the two-member team for the Shenzhou 11 manned space mission. Chen will work with Jing Haipeng and dock with China's Tiangong 2 space lab, where they will work for 30 days. Recruited as an astronaut in 2010, Chen is proud of being selected. "I'm so excited that my space dream will soon come true," he told Xinhua, "but I must remain calm because I need to focus on my mission."
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16 October 2016
Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng is about to become the first Chinese to go into space for a third time, as he was selected to be commander of the upcoming Shenzhou-11 manned space mission. Jing will work with fellow taikonaut Chen Dong and dock with China's Tiangong 2 space lab, where they will live and work for 30 days. Jing was involved in the Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008, when astronaut Zhai Zhigang completed China's historic first spacewalk. In 2012, he was also the commander of Shenzhou 9, China's first manned space docking mission. The 50-year-old astronaut is also about to set another two records: Clocking more than 45 days of spaceflight, making him the only Chinese astronaut to have traveled in space for this length of time. He and Chen will also fly higher than any other Chinese astronaut, as their rendezvous with Tiangong 2 will be around 393 kilometers above ground level.
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16 October 2016
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong will carry out the Shenzhou 11 mission, Wu Ping, Deputy Director of China's Manned Space Engineering Office, told a press conference on 16 October. The 50-year-old Jing will be commander of the mission. It will be Jing's third spaceflight following his Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008 and Shenzhou 9 mission in 2012.
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