Human Spaceflights

International Flight No. 285

Shenzhou-9

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°15'47.81" N, 111°16'44.44" E

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Crew Shenzhou-9

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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
Shenzhou
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-9 (backup)

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Hardware

Launch vehicle:  Long March 2F (Chang Zheng CZ-2F No. Y9)
Spacecraft:  Shenzhou-9

Flight

Launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center; landing 162 km north of Hohhot in Inner Mongolia; fourth Chinese manned spaceflight.

Following a two-days solo flight Shenzhou-9 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-9 rollout
Shenzhou-9 rollout Shenzhou-9 launch
Shenzhou-9 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-9 landing Shenzhou-9 landing
Shenzhou-9 recovery Shenzhou-9 recovery

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Last update on March 21, 2021.

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