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Shenzhou 13

Long March 2F/G

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Wang Yaping

Wang Yaping

Status: Active
1/27/1980 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/11/2013
Last Flight: 10/15/2021

Colonel Wang Yaping is a Chinese military pilot and astronaut. Wang was the second female astronaut to be named by the CNSA, and the second Chinese woman in space.

She was a candidate for the space mission Shenzhou 9 in 2012. However, Liu Yang was selected over her for the historic mission of the first Chinese female space traveller. Wang was a member of the backup crew for SZ-9.

Wang became the second Chinese female astronaut as a member of the Shenzhou 10 spaceship crew, which orbited the earth in June 2013, and of the Tiangong-1 orbiting space station with which it docked. She was the first member of the crew announced, in April, while the remainder of the crew were announced in June. Wang Yaping was one of two women in space on the 50th anniversary of Vostok 6, the first spaceflight by a woman, Valentina Tereshkova. The other woman in space on 16 June 2013 was Karen Nyberg, an American astronaut aboard the International Space Station. While aboard Tiangong-1, Wang conducted scientific experiments and taught a physics lesson to Chinese students by live television broadcast.

Ye Guangfu

Ye Guangfu

Status: Active
9/1/1980 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 10/15/2021
Last Flight: 10/15/2021

Chinese astronaut Ye Guangfu was born in 1980 in the Sichuan province of China. He is an air force pilot and spent four years as an instructor and four years as a jet fighter pilot amassing 1100 hours of flight time. Ye was recruited as an astronaut trainee for China’s Astronaut Center in 2010 and qualified in 2014.

Birth day unkown.

Mission

Shenzhou 13

Type: Human Exploration

Second crewed flight to the Chinese Tiangong space station carrying Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on their second, second and first spaceflight respectively. Their mission duration onboard the TSS is 6 months, the longest so far in Chinese spaceflight.

Mission patch for Shenzhou 13

Location

Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921)

Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China

173 rockets have launched from Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China.

Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921), Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Rocket

Long March 2F/G – China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Family: Long March 2
Length: 62 m
Diameter: 3.35 m
Launch Mass: 464 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 8399 kg

The Long March 2F/G was manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation with the first launch on 2011-10-31. Long March 2F/G has 9 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 9 launches. The Long March 2F is a Chinese orbital carrier rocket, part of the Long March 2 rocket family. Designed to launch the crewed Shenzhou spacecraft, the Long March 2F is a human-rated two-stage version of the Long March 2E rocket, which in turn was based on the Long March 2C launch vehicle. It is launched from complex SLS at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Agency

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Type: Government
Abbreviation: CASC
Administration: Chairmen & President: Lei Fanpei
Founded: 1999
Launchers: Long March

Country: CHN

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

Long March 2F good luck to the second crew to your new Space Station and expanding human space exploration for all humankind.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
11 months ago

Great launch and video feed folks.
Enjoy the 6 month stay in space .
Let’s hope space exploration partnerships develop further in the future so success like this can be shared .