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Chinese President Hu Jintao confers the medals of "Space Flight Achievement" to Shenzhou VI astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng at the Great Hall of the People on November 26, 2005, in Beijing.
THE ASTRONAUTS

Nie Haisheng

Fei Junlong
FIRST CHINESE TO THE SPACE
Yang Liwei, China's First Man in Space
Yang Liwei(born June 21, 1965) is an astronaut (yuhangyuan) and the People's Republic of China's first man in space.

Shenzhou 6 is the second manned flight of China. It has been launched in October 2005, carrying two astronauts for five to six days in orbit.


WORLD HISTORY OF SPACE EXPLORATION

First Manned Lunar Landing

Space History Introduction
THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS)
The ISS is the largest and most complex international scientific project in history.


Astronauts Awarded "Hero" Title
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced a central government decision to award Taikonauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, who flew the Shenzhou VI spaceship, with the title of "Hero Taikonaut" and the medals of "Space Flight Achievement".
• China Marks Successful Manned Space Mission
• Shenzhou-6 Re-entry Module Handed over to Developer
• International Community Hails the Successful Landing of "Shenzhou-6"
• Macao Chief hails Successful Landing of Shenzhou-6
• Space Hero's Parents Decline Expensive Gifts
• China Spends 110 Million US dollars on Shenzhou-6
• HK Chief Executive Applauds Successful Shenzhou-6 Space Mission
• Taikonauts Board Special Plane for Beijing
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The following are the major events in China's space technology development since the 1950s:
Shenzhou would be used to develop manned spaceflight techniques and serve as a ferry to Chinese space stations and as a lunar orbital and landing spacecraft.
There are three major space launch bases in China: Jiuquan, Taiyuan and Xichang.
China's manned space program will be carried out in three stages.
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CHINA'S CHANG'E PROJECT
• China's Lunar Probe Project Name as Chang'e Project
• Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense Announced: Lunar Probe Project Is Launched
COMMENTS & ANALYSES
[AFP] China's Shenzhou VI a Leap forward from Maiden Voyage
Although it was only China's second manned space flight, Shenzhou VI was in many ways a great leap forward compared from the maiden space voyage in 2003.
[China Daily] Grounded Astronauts Keep Dreams Alive
For Zhai Zhigang, the launch of the Shenzhou VI spacecraft has become a new starting point in his career to realize the dream of space flight.
[Xinhua] Shenzhou-6 Launch Boosts People's Passion in Scientific Innovation
Successful launch of the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft Wednesday further boosted Chinese people's passion in scientific innovation and space science.
HOT POSTS
• Shenzhou-6 launched!  by knownothing
People have dreamed to fly like a bird in the sky, now the spacecraft has been launched, what a big lead, but what does that mean to China?
• Successful Launch  by bestever
Congratulations! China's second manned space mission a success!


SHENZHOU MISSION REVIEWS
Shenzhou 1- November 19, 1999- unmanned test flight
Shenzhou 2 - January 9, 2001 - carrying live test animals
Shenzhou 3 - March 25, 2002 - carrying a test dummy
Shenzhou 4 - December 29, 2002 - carried a test dummy, performed several science experiments
Shenzhou 5 - October 15, 2003 - 14 Earth orbits carrying Yang Liwei

     
 
Russia's Federal Space Agency said it will soon be offering a two-week, $100 million package tour, to include a visit to the International Space Station (ISS) and a tour around the moon.
 


 



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