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Shenzhou 13

Long March 2F/G

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Date/Time May Change

Crew

Zhai Zhigang

Zhai Zhigang

Status: Active
10/10/1966 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 9/25/2008
Last Flight: 9/25/2008

Zhai Zhigang (born October 10, 1966) is a major general in the People's Liberation Army Air Force and a CNSA astronaut. During the Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008, he became the first Chinese citizen to carry out a spacewalk.

Wang Yaping

Wang Yaping

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

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

Status: Active
9/1/1980 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government

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 large modular space station.

Location

Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921)

Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China

146 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 2

Length: 62 meters
Diameter: 3.35 meters
First Launch: October 31, 2011

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.

The Long March 2 rocket has been launched a total of 7 times with 7 successful and 0 failed launches.

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'Neill
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 month ago

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