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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-14-2003 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
China Launches First Manned Mission
Beijing - Oct 15, 2003

http://www.spacedaily.com/

According to breaking news reports coming in just now, China has launched it first manned mission - Shenzhou-5. Liftoff time of the mission was 9:00 am Beijing Time - 0100 UTC (9.00pm EDT Oct 14). Space officials made the decision overnight to proceed with today's launch with fighter pilot Yang Liwei as China's first astronaut.

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Godspeed, Yang Liwei!

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posted 10-14-2003 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JIUQUAN, Gansu, Oct. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- China's first piloted spacecraft has entered the outer space, and Lieutenant Colonel Yang Liwei is now the first Chinese astronaut in space in the world's 241st manned space mission.

At around 9:10, Shenzhou-5 moved into the preset orbit, indicating success of China's endeavor to hurl a piloted space vehicle of its own into the orbit.

President Hu Jintao, together with other Chinese leaders Huang Ju, Wu Guanzheng, Cao Gangchuan and Wang Gang, were present at theJiuquan Space Launch Center on the occasion.

The center turned into a scene of jubilation as spectators cheered the success.

In the meantime, The Yuanwang-1 measuring vessel has been monitoring the target over the Pacific Ocean; and the Beijing Space Command and Control Center ordered the craft to open up the solar panels.

The two pairs of solar panels, which look like huge wings of the spaceship, are working as a power station with a capacity of 1,200 KW servicing the vehicle.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2003-10/15/content_1123881.htm

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posted 10-14-2003 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe about China's first successful human space flight.

"This launch is an important achievement in the history of human exploration. China, after Russia and the United States, is only the third nation to successfully launch humans into space.

"The Chinese people have a long and distinguished history of exploration. NASA wishes China a continued safe human space flight program."

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posted 10-14-2003 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any website showing the orbital path, to see if there is any chance of spotting it overhead? Heavens-above don't seem to have it listed yet.

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posted 10-14-2003 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's all a conspiracy!

Best of luck to the Chinese.

-Rodrigo

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posted 10-15-2003 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for derek   Click Here to Email derek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you see his Sokol gloves,wonder if China bought them from Alex Panchenko! Seriously,I hope there's a return to the moon by SOMEONE in my lifetime.

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posted 10-15-2003 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spaceflight Now says:

"predictions also indicate three orbital passes over the United States that could be visible to observers on the ground on Wednesday morning, U.S. time, shortly before sunrise."

Anyone spot it? We had coastal cloud all night.

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posted 10-15-2003 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's hope that this is used for peaceful purposes. I'm thrilled that someone else has entered the race. Who's next?

By the way, I'm going to talk about this on the radio station I do the space updates for, here in Philadelphia. Does anyone know the correct pronunciation of Yang Liwei? There's a large chinese population just a few blocks from the radio station and I don't want look like that fan at the Cubs game last night.

Cliff

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posted 10-15-2003 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cliff.. he dropped the ball, I'm sure you will not!! Enjoy the show..

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posted 10-15-2003 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The launch and other features regarding the flight have been shown most of the day here on CCTV9 the English langauge channel of the Chinese Broadcasting Authority.

It's available on Sky digital satellite.

Steve

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posted 10-15-2003 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel for that fan at the Cubs game.

I was rooting for Florida, but I'm now forced to hope Chicago wins for the sake of the mental and physical health of that poor fellow, who only did what 99% of us would've done in the same situation.

Yang's re-entry will be a piece of cake compared to what that soul will have to endure should the Cubs lose today.
(BTW, anybody catch Baker's comments about that incident after the game? - - what a
knucklehead!)

-chet

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-16-2003 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cliff Lentz:
By the way, I'm going to talk about this on the radio station I do the space updates for, here in Philadelphia. Does anyone know the correct pronunciation of Yang Liwei?

Yong LEE-way

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posted 10-16-2003 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Yong LEE-way

One thing about Chinese names:
in Chinese, the family name comes first,
the first name second.

Thus, for Yang Liwai, Yang is the family name, Liwai is his first name. So he is "Mr. Yang", not "Mr. Liwai".


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posted 10-16-2003 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of us who master the language of Goethe - here is an excellent background website on Chinese space:
http://china.raumfahrer.net/

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Jürgen P Esders
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posted 10-17-2003 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys! I was able to pronounce everything correctly on my weekly space report. Of course I did it very slowly nd carefully. Shenzhou was a bit of a problem. The morning crew had a little problem with China doing this decades after Mercury and talking of going to the Moon. "We've already done that! What's the point?"

Cliff

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