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Shenzhou 12

Long March 2F

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Nie Haisheng

Nie Haisheng

Commander

Status: Active
10/13/1964 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 10/12/2005
Last Flight: 6/17/2021

Nie Haisheng is a Chinese military pilot and CNSA astronaut.

In 1998, he was selected for the Chinese spaceflight program and was one of three candidates who were part of the final group to train for the Shenzhou 5 flight, China's first manned spaceflight. Yang Liwei was picked for the flight, with Zhai Zhigang ranked second ahead of Niè Hǎishèng.

Nie went into orbit, along with Fei Junlong (commander), as flight engineer of the Shenzhou 6 flight on 12 October 2005. The mission lasted just under five days.

He was selected to be the commander of the backup crew for the Shenzhou 9 mission. In 2013, Nie was selected to command the Shenzhou 10 second manned space mission to the first Chinese space station Tiangong 1. He became the first officer hold general rank at the time of their launch in the Chinese program with the Shenzhou 10 mission.

Liu Boming

Liu Boming

Operator

Status: Active
9/16/1966 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 9/25/2008
Last Flight: 6/17/2021

Liu Boming (simplified Chinese: 刘伯明; traditional Chinese: 劉伯明; pinyin: Líu Bómíng; born September 1966) is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program. A fighter pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an CNSA member in 1998.

Tang Hongbo

Tang Hongbo

Operator

Status: Active
10/1/1975 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/17/2021
Last Flight: 6/17/2021

Tang Hongbo (Chinese: 汤洪波; pinyin: Tāng Hóngbō) is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program. He was born in Xiangtan, Hunan. A pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an astronaut in 2010.

Mission

Shenzhou 12

Type: Human Exploration

First crewed flight to the Chinese large modular space station.

Location

Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921)

Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China

104 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

Length: 62 meters
Diameter: 3.35 meters
First Launch: November 19, 1999

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 2F rocket has been launched a total of 12 times with 12 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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Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
3 months ago

Let’s have the same people who invented gunpowder send this rocket off into space successfully

Ken & Judy O'Neill
Ken & Judy O'Neill
Reply to  Aaron Gosnell
24 days ago

You got it Aaron, they will have their Space Station up and running in no time.