Shenzhou-8 Returns after Docking Mission
China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 landed in north China Thursday evening, after completing the country's first-ever space docking mission. Space Missions Not Directly Linked to Defense; Playback
• China's Space Docking Technology Granted 15 Patent Certificates
China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) on Tuesday conferred 15 patent certificates to the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), developer of the docking mechanism for China's first space docking mission.
• China Confident in Functioning of Space Lab Module Tiangong-1
An official from China's manned space program said Friday they were confident that space lab module Tiangong-1 would function until the end of its design life of two years.
• German Experiment Box Back to Lab after 17-day Space Voyage
The German-made experiment box aboard on China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 returned to a Beijing lab early Friday, a few hours after the successful retrieval of the re-entry module.
• China Announces First Space Docking Mission Complete Success
China's Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on Thursday evening delivered a congratulatory note from the central authorities, celebrating the success of the country's first-ever space rendezvous and docking mission.
• Shenzhou-8 Returns after Docking Mission
China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 landed in north China Thursday evening, after completing the country's first-ever space docking mission. Space Missions Not Directly Linked to Defense; Playback
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• Space Now Features More Chinese Stars
Stargazers across the globe now have one more reason to keep their eyes on the heavens with the successful docking between China's two spacecraft.
• Launch of First Space Lab Module Important Step for China's Human Spaceflight: US Experts
China launched its first space lab module Tiangong-1 on Thursday, which U.S. experts say is an important step forward in China's plans for a human spaceflight.
• China to Launch Rockets with Larger Thrust: Chief Engineer
China is working on the development of a new generation of carrier rockets featuring a larger thrust to cater to the demand of building a space station, a chief rocket engineer said Thursday.
• China's First Space Lab Module to Carry out Experiments Pertinent to People's Lives
China's first space lab module will carry out scientific experiments in space, and the results may have considerable effects on people's lives, said Zhang Shancong, deputy chief designer of the space application system of the country's manned space program, on Thursday.
• Chief Designer Explains Chinese Way of Mastering Space Docking Technology
Some developed countries acquired docking technology crucial to landing a space station decades ago, and, to catch up with leaders in space technology, China plans to use more speed and cut costs, said a Chinese scientist with the manned space program.
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Shenzhou-8 Mission
Shenzhou-8 Mission
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3D Effect of Simulated Space Docking
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Schematic Images: China Ready for First Space Docking
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Shenzhou-8 Spacecraft Departs for Beijing from Huhhot
Shenzhou-8 Ready for Return
China Completes Second Space Docking Test
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Background
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• Timeline of China's Space Industry
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