China’s Shenzhou-9 Space Mission A Success!
By on June 29th, 2012

China’s Xinhua news agency reports today that “China’s Shenzhou-9 Mission Successful“. The crew of the groundbreaking space mission landed safely in inner Mongolia on Friday. This marks a significant milestone in China’s rapidly developing space program.

This mission was historically significant on many levels. As earlier reported by our own Debjyoti Bardhan, China successfully docked their spacecraft with the Tiangong-I Space Station module not only once automatically, but a second time using manual controls. Also, of historical significance is the first female Chinese astronaut, Liu Yang, pictured on the far right below.

China's Astronauts

Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang, and Liu Yang being celebrated after their return(Courtesy Xinhua/Zhang Ling)

Once on the ground, medical staff entered the capsule to report that all were in good condition. While in the capsule the astronauts reported to their command center, ”We have returned, and we feel good.”

The success of this mission serves to bolster confidence that China can be a formidable player in manned space exploration. They are now confident that they can move on with the next stages of their space program.

The success of the procedure shows that China has completely grasped space rendezvous and docking technologies and the country is fully capable of transporting humans and cargo to an orbiter in space, which is essential for the country’s plans to build a space station around 2020.

It will be interesting to see how China’s future plans work out. Until now only the Russians and Americans were able to achieve such missions to space. Until this point the Americans had mostly objected to any participation by China in the International Space Station missions. China is spending massive amounts of money to bring this program online to the tune of billions of dollars. Hopefully, someday our countries can unify around a common goal and pool their resources to better serve all of humanity. For the time being, it appears everyone is just showing off what they can do on their own. Congratulations to China on this historic achievement!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/leetammy.brewer Lee-Tammy Brewer

    Y’know, as a patriotic American who has personally seen the horrors of communism…

    Why are we so happy China can do this?

    So now we have two personal freedom-hating nations that can get into space. And this is a good thing?!

    I also cannot beleive the chosen astronauts are not communist to the core or they would not have been chosen for the mission. So IF I can ignore the millions of lives slaughtered under communism, and the current oppression of communist countries of their own people who will not conform (aka want personal freedoms like we enjoy in the US – for now), then I might say congratulations.

    But the larger picture is MUCH more important to view as an American.

    I never would have congratulated Hitler on his country being the first to put practical rockets to use. So why should we applaud the commies going to space?

    • http://saygeek.blogspot.com/ Darrin Jenkins

      Your point is well taken. As we have a large international audience, I often try to respect their views. However, I can’t help but mirror your concern as an American myself. This is a significant scientific achievement but it is hard to believe that all of Chinas intentions are pure. There are good people in China so out is for them that I applaud this achievement. Communism however, deserves no praise. Thanks for your reply.

    • http://saygeek.blogspot.com/ Darrin Jenkins

      Your point is well taken. As we have a large international audience, I often try to respect their views. However, I can’t help but mirror your concern as an American myself. This is a significant scientific achievement but it is hard to believe that all of Chinas intentions are pure. There are good people in China so out is for them that I applaud this achievement. Communism however, deserves no praise. Thanks for your reply.

 
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