China to launch manned spacecraft in June

Jun 09, 2012
File photo shows China's Long March 2-F rocket, carrying the Tiangong-1 space module, at China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in September 2011. China will launch a spacecraft this month to conduct its first manned space docking, state media said Saturday.

China will launch a spacecraft this month to conduct its first manned space docking, state media said Saturday, the latest step in a plan aimed at giving the country a permanent space station by 2020.

The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and its carrier rocket have already been moved to the launch platform at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China, the Xinhua news agency said, quoting the country's manned space programme.

The launch -- China's first manned space mission since September 2008 -- would occur "sometime in mid June", it said.

Officials said the mission would involve three astronauts manually docking with the Tiangong-1 module currently orbiting Earth.

In March state media said China may send its first woman into space this year after including female astronauts in the team training for its first manned space docking.

Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of the manned space programme, has said that the Shenzhou-9 crew may include female astronauts, Xinhua reported.

China sent its first person into space in 2003 and has since conducted several manned missions, but has never included a woman.

After the space rendezvous, two of the astronauts will move temporarily into the Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace), where they will perform scientific experiments.

One of crew will remain on board the spacecraft as a precaution in case of an emergency, according to the official quoted by Xinhua.

In November, an unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft returned to Earth after completing two space dockings with Tiangong-1 in the nation's first ever hard-to-master "space kiss", bringing together two vessels in high speed orbit.

Mastering space docking technology is a delicate manoeuvre that the Russians and Americans successfully completed in the 1960s.

Tiangong-1, China's first space station module, was launched in September.

China sees its space programme as a symbol of its global stature, growing technical expertise, and the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation.

The current programme aims to provide China with a space station in which a crew can live independently for several months, as at the old Russian Mir facility or the International Space Station.

In 2003, China became the third country to send humans into space after Russia and America, and it is now also looking into sending astronauts to the moon, although nothing has been set in stone.

A white paper released late December outlining China's ambitious space programme said the country "will conduct studies on the preliminary plan for a human lunar landing".

No one has been back to the moon since the last US Apollo landing in December 1972.

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rah
4.6 / 5 (9) Jun 09, 2012
Good luck to China. The US missed a big chance to cooperate with them.
krundoloss
4.3 / 5 (6) Jun 09, 2012
I think it is great that China is making strides into space. After all, they make just about everything, they have lots of money to use for thier space program. Go China! I think America is relying on commercial development of space flight.
PussyCat_Eyes
1.3 / 5 (15) Jun 09, 2012
rah and krundoloss
Are you happy that China might also have a chance to colonize the moon? We would be at their mercy, don't you understand that? I was reading the stuff that Russkiy had said about the Chinese space program. He basically said that China will be able to send modified long range ICBMs and hit anywhere in the world with nuclear missiles from a moon base. He was giving us a warning, don't you see? And guess what!! The antiCapitalists will be screaming pretty soon about private space corporations once the government funding stops for them. Somehow, the word "corporation" triggers something in the brains of these antiCapitalist people.
I have to go back to work now, but I wish you would think it over. We would have been better off to side with the Russians.
Mike_Massen
3.1 / 5 (7) Jun 09, 2012
PussyCat_Eyes suffers immature US parochialism
..We would be at their mercy..
Really ? Other than Hiroshima & Nagasaki as example to Stalin ?

PussyCat_Eyes suffers traditional cold-war thinking
..send modified long range ICBMs and hit anywhere in the world with nuclear missiles from a moon base..
Since China has hundreds of billions of USD in bonds, what are you on man ? You can't be serious !

PussyCat_Eyes is confused with
..space corporations once the government funding stops for them
Wake up! SpaceX gets $4B from private launch contracts, not dependent on government.

PussyCat_Eyes suffering paranoia claims
We would have been better off to side with the Russians.
Really ? A country with failing nuclear safety run as dictatorship by ex KGB officer struggling with widespread russian mafia based organised crime ?

Get with the program, your old fears are decayed, decrepit & belong in the dustbin of history.

I would expect various space modules are ISS compatible.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.9 / 5 (7) Jun 09, 2012
Are you happy that China might also have a chance to colonize the moon? We would be at their mercy, don't you understand that? I was reading the stuff that Russkiy had said about the Chinese space program.
Of course... because we all know you ARE russkiye/ritchieguy/pirouette.
He was giving us a warning, don't you see?
Your sickness is profound, which is easy to see. It is easy to see that missiles can be installed on, and launched from, earth sites far easier and far more quickly and in far greater numbers than from the faraway moon, when is unfortunately always in the wrong spot when you want to launch missiles at your enemies isnt it?

Look in the mirror and ask russkiye how does he think china would get all that paraphernalia up there, and maintain it, and protect it, and etc when it is far easier to do these things right here on earth?

Maybe you can convince him to stop displaying his embarrassing idiocy in public, yes?
A2G
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2012
The real reason China is going to space is to prove they can supply the new Wal-Mart space station currently being built.

Always lower prices, even if it means destroying the rest of the town.
PussyCat_Eyes
1.4 / 5 (11) Jun 09, 2012
The real reason China is going to space is to prove they can supply the new Wal-Mart space station currently being built.

Always lower prices, even if it means destroying the rest of the town.
- A2G

I like Walmart and you should too. They give us low prices for Chinese goods. So what if China gets U.S. dollars? That's free enterprise and the Chinese are big Capitalist/Communists. You can't blame them either. They and the Russians have noticed a few things that American and European Socialists haven't found out yet fully, but are slowly finding it out. It takes time for common sense to sink in. By then it may be too late.
If you haven't noticed yet, China is "union-free", although their people need unions the way they used to be in the USA. The unions in our country have outlived their usefulness to ensure decent salaries, good working and safety conditions, and opportunity for addressing grievances. I belong to a union, but I don't really have any need for it.

PussyCat_Eyes
1 / 5 (5) Jun 09, 2012
PussyCat_Eyes suffers immature US parochialism
..We would be at their mercy..
Really ? Other than Hiroshima & Nagasaki as example to Stalin ?

PussyCat_Eyes suffers traditional cold-war thinking
..send modified long range ICBMs and hit anywhere in the world with nuclear missiles from a moon base..
Since China has hundreds of billions of USD in bonds, what are you on man ? You can't be serious !

PussyCat_Eyes is confused with
..space corporations once the government funding stops for them
Wake up! SpaceX gets $4B from private launch contracts, not dependent on government.

PussyCat_Eyes suffering paranoia claims
We would have been better off to side with the Russians.
Really ? A country with failing nuclear safety run as dictatorship by ex KGB officer struggling with widespread russian mafia based organised crime ?
- Mike

Whatever you say, sweet darling!!
;)

Mastoras
5 / 5 (5) Jun 09, 2012
China will be able to send modified long range ICBMs and hit anywhere in the world with nuclear missiles from a moon base.


It is a nonsense that demands uploading missiles, personel and a place for them to live on the moon. Why not on a space station closer to home?

Launching a missile from the moon to earth, unavoidably increases the time to hit target by at least one or two days.

The missile had to re-entry into the atmosphere without burning itself. This means lowering its speed and a great limitation on possible trajectory.

Is that missile supposed to be coming and still stay secret for at least a day?

What a stupid thing to say!!
-.
PussyCat_Eyes
1 / 5 (4) Jun 09, 2012
China will be able to send modified long range ICBMs and hit anywhere in the world with nuclear missiles from a moon base.


It is a nonsense that demands uploading missiles, personel and a place for them to live on the moon. Why not on a space station closer to home?

Launching a missile from the moon to earth, unavoidably increases the time to hit target by at least one or two days.

The missile had to re-entry into the atmosphere without burning itself. This means lowering its speed and a great limitation on possible trajectory.

Is that missile supposed to be coming and still stay secret for at least a day?

What a stupid thing to say!!
-.
- Mastoras

Well, since the Chinese gov't hasn't built their space station yet, AND they haven't got the tech to get to the moon either, the whole thing is moot, isn't it?
It's all a hypothesis that has the potential to come true eventually. But in the meantime, we are sitting around twiddling our fingers and not getting ready.
PussyCat_Eyes
1 / 5 (4) Jun 09, 2012
The Obama regime is too busy making up lies and destroying our country in every way possible and hoping for another 4 years to complete the job of destruction - death by socialism. And people like you are either unawares, or pretending that everything is hunky dory and that the Chinese and Russians love us and wouldn't hurt a flea. I've got news for you, mister. A power struggle is coming, and we're gonna be the losers. And apparently you haven't heard of "heat shields" for reentry because they will have that too, if they colonize the moon.....even if it takes another century.or two.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.9 / 5 (7) Jun 09, 2012
Well, since the Chinese gov't hasn't built their space station yet, AND they haven't got the tech to get to the moon either, the whole thing is moot, isn't it?
-So why did you bring it up?
It's all a hypothesis that has the potential to come true eventually.
NO it doesn't. The absurdity of this was explained to you.
The Obama regime is too busy making up lies and destroying our country in every way possible and hoping for blahblah
-Translation - 'They didn't buy my idiot idea so I better quick post some politically appropriate drivel which has gotten good ratings before, and maybe they won't notice.'

Too late Ritchie/pirouette/russkiyeguy - you have been noticed like the clap.
Marko_Freimann
not rated yet Jun 09, 2012
What The F*** Is Going On Here?
Shabs42
not rated yet Jun 10, 2012
Cool, maybe this will scare the US into putting more funding into our own space programs.
Mastoras
5 / 5 (1) Jun 10, 2012
In this tragedocomical world, many of us are looking with admiration and wonder at the American society, with its great scientific and technological achievements, but where people routinely sleep in the streets, evolution is still debated and elementary social aspects are considered ...socialism...

A power struggle is coming


A power struggle is always around, because our world is centered on power, not humanism.

we're gonna be the losers.


Yes, you are. The current economic crisis --which is not universal, by the way, but only limited to the West-- marks the start of the decline of the five-hundred year old Western hegemony. It started with the aggresion of the Crusades, and the sack of Constantinople in 1204. Now, a new world is coming.

But climate change is also here. And so are a few billions of hungry humanity, and the limited resources of our planet. So, a world of humanism and ecology becomes a current problem.
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Skepticus
1 / 5 (1) Jun 10, 2012
The Obama regime is too busy making up lies and destroying our country in every way possible and hoping for another 4 years to complete the job of destruction - death by socialism. And people like you are either unawares, or pretending that everything is hunky dory and that the Chinese and Russians love us and wouldn't hurt a flea. I've got news for you, mister. A power struggle is coming, and we're gonna be the losers. And apparently you haven't heard of "heat shields" for reentry because they will have that too, if they colonize the moon.....even if it takes another century.or two.

Last I heard from the Guardian UK, the Republicans are sabotaging the recovery of America's economy just to get Obama out of the White House, just like I predicted yonks ago on this site. Mark my words: Republicans are hell bent on putting their circumcised representative in the WH. The lot of USA's rabble rates 999999th on their list. so is Chinese's progress in space, in the "who cares" category.
Shabs42
3.5 / 5 (2) Jun 10, 2012
the start of the decline of the five-hundred year old Western hegemony. It started with the aggresion of the Crusades, and the sack of Constantinople in 1204.


So the western hegemony is 500 years old, but it's downfall started 800 years ago? Neat trick!

Financial strain is far from limited to the West. Look at Japan in '91. China's current economy isn't nearly as rosy as they would have others believe. When you rely extremely heavily on exports, other countries financial difficulties become your own.

I do agree with your point of many Americans being terrified of anything resembling Socialism, despite the fact that much more Socialist countries than us are doing just fine and have a higher standard of living than we do. Also evolution is only debated among the ignorant and heavily religious; which are certainly too large of a group, but also certainly not representative of all Americans.

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