Human Spaceflights

International Flight No. 285

Shenzhou IX

People's Republic of China

China
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Launch, orbit and landing data

Launch date:  16.06.2012
Launch time:  10:37:24.558 UTC
Launch site:  Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center
Launch pad:  1
Altitude:  200 - 330 km
Inclination:  42.836°
Docking Tiangong-1:  18.06.2012, 06:07:04 UTC
Undocking Tiangong-1:  28.06.2012, 01:22 UTC
Landing date:  29.06.2012
Landing time:  02:02:49 UTC
Landing site:  42°15'47.98" N, 111°16'43.93" E

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Crew Shenzhou IX

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Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position Flight No. Duration Orbits
1  Jing  Haipeng  Commander 2 12d 15h 25m 24s  198 
2  Liu  Wang  Operator 1 12d 15h 25m 24s  198 
3  Liu  Yang  Operator 1 12d 15h 25m 24s  198 

Crew seating arrangement

Launch
1  Jing
2  Liu
3  Liu
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Landing
1  Jing
2  Liu
3  Liu

Backup Crew

No.   Surname Given names Position
1  Nie  Haisheng  Commander
2  Zhang  Xiaoguang  Operator
3  Wang  Yaping  Operator
Crew Shenzhou IX (backup)

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Flight

Launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center; landing in Inner Mongolia; fourth Chinese manned spaceflight.

Following a two days solo flight Shenzhou IX docked automatic with the Chinese space station Tiangong-1. Two hours later the crew entered the station for the first time.

On June 24, 2012 the astronauts temporarily departed their quarters inside the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab, backing away inside a Shenzhou spacecraft before pilot Liu Wang took control of the capsule to complete the first manual docking in China's burgeoning space program. Docking occurred at 04:48 UTC.

Graphics / Photos

Shenzhou with Tiangong-1 crew in training
crew in training Shenzhou IX rollout
Shenzhou IX rollout Shenzhou IX launch
Shenzhou IX launch
Liu Yang onboard Tiangong-1 Tiangong-1
life onboard life onboard
life onboard life onboard
life onboard life onboard
life onboard life onboard
Earth observation Earth observation
Shenzhou IX landing Shenzhou IX landing
Shenzhou IX recovery Shenzhou IX recovery

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