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Fri Jun 29, 2012, 06:50 AM

Chinese astronauts parachute land after mission

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Source: Associated Press

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"China's first female astronaut and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.

The Shenzhou 9 parachuted to a landing on the grasslands of the country's sprawling Inner Mongolia region at about 10 a.m. local time (0200 GMT). China declared the first manned mission to the Tiangong 1 module the space program's longest and most challenging yet a major stride ahead for the country's ambitious space program.

About an hour later, mission commander and veteran astronaut Jing Haipeng, 45, emerged from the capsule, followed by crew mates Liu Wang, 43, and 33-year-old Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut.

The three, all experienced air force pilots, were lifted on to folding chairs and appeared in good health. They smiled, waved, chatted and saluted as state television ran live footage from the landing site."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/06/29/china-space-astronauts-return.html



Chinese space trio lands after history-making trip

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"Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after spending 13 days on a historic space mission that made their country only the third nation ever to dock a manned spacecraft to another craft in orbit.

The Shenzhou 9 space capsule landed at about 10 p.m. ET (10 a.m. Friday, Beijing time) in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China. The astronauts left the Tiangong 1 prototype space lab module a day earlier.

Their landing was broadcast live on China's state-run CCTV television network, showing the capsule streaking through the atmosphere like a meteor, deploying its main parachute, then making a final landing before rolling over on its side.

The mission, which included successful displays of manual and automatic dockings, represented an important leap forward for China's space program. The nation aims to construct a space station in orbit by the year 2020."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47995434/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.T-2HqxdYtBo

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 11:36 AM

1. Glad to hear. (nt)

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 11:54 AM

2. Congratulations to China, I'm happy for the Astronauts and their families.

Thanks for the thread, Scurrilous.

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 12:23 PM

3. Lyndon Johnson must be doing backflips in his grave...

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 02:06 PM

4. How wonderful!

Hopefully more countries develop such capabilities.

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Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 08:10 PM

5. Yes, our Chinese comrades are making great strides!

 

Such a wonderful accomplishment!
They are lucky they succeeded
The reward for failure would be that they would be tortured to the brink of death....then spend the remainder of their miserable lives in re-education camps.
China....nice country.

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Sat Jun 30, 2012, 10:32 PM

6. What a first post. eom

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