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Chinese Human Space Launch

Year: 2016
Country: China
China was one of two nations with human space launch vehicles active in 2016. After a three-year hiatus, China launched its...
Year: 2015
Country: China
China’s most recent human mission to space was in June 2013, when three taikonauts docked a capsule with the Tiangong-1 space station. Since then, China has announced plans to launch a second space station, Tiangong-2, to replace Tiangong-1. The Chinese government continued assembling and testing...
Year: 2013
Country: China
China continued steady development of its crewed space program in 2013 with the launch of the Shenzhou 10 mission. Shenzhou 10 carried three taikonauts into LEO and docked with the Tiangong-1 space station prototype, where taikonauts spent two weeks conducting experiments and practicing docking...
Year: 2012
Country: China
In 2003, China became the third nation capable of human spaceflight, with the launch of the Shenzhou 5 mission. Since then, it has flown three additional missions, each one advancing Chinese spaceflight capabilities. So far, all Chinese crewed missions have used the Shenzhou spacecraft, which...
Year: 2011
Country: China
China is the only nation other than Russia to currently operate a human spaceflight system. In 2011, China placed its first modular space laboratory into orbit with the launch of the Tiangong-1 laboratory in September. The Tiangong module, whose name means “heavenly palace” in Mandarin, is...
Year: 2010
Country: China
China has also indicated that it is starting preliminary studies of a super-heavy lift vehicle that would be able to conduct human missions to the Moon. Although the government has not yet given its approval for such a vehicle, newly constructed production facilities would be able to build rockets...
Year: 2009
Country: China, United States
There were no Chinese human spaceflight missions in 2009, one year after the third Chinese manned mission, Shenzhou 7. China is working on an orbiting laboratory, Tiangong-1, that is scheduled for launch by 2011. It will be used to test docking technology with unmanned Shenzhou spacecraft, and may...
Year: 2008
Country: China
In 2003, China became the third nation to achieve orbital human spaceflight. The Long March 2F vehicle and its Shenzhou capsule are similar in design and function to the Soyuz rocket and capsule configuration. In October 2008, China launched Shenzhou 7, whose three-person crew performed the first...
Year: 2005
Country: China, Russia
China’s Shenzhou (“Divine Vessel”) launched two taikonauts into orbit in 2005 for a mission lasting more than 115 hours. It was China’s second human launch, following the launch of one taikonaut in October 2003. China’s next human mission is expected to launch in 2007. The Shenzhou...

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