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Shenzhou-7

Long March 2F

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Zhai Zhigang

Zhai Zhigang

Status: Active
10/10/1966 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 9/25/2008
Last Flight: 10/15/2021

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.

Liu Boming

Liu Boming

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.

Jing Haipeng

Jing Haipeng

Status: Active
10/24/1966 -
Nationality: Chinese
Type: Government
First Flight: 9/25/2008
Last Flight: 10/16/2016

Jing Haipeng (simplified Chinese: 景海鹏; traditional Chinese: 景海鵬; pinyin: Jǐng Hǎipéng; born October 24, 1966) is a Chinese pilot and astronaut selected as part of the Shenzhou program. A fighter pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be a CNSA astronaut in 1998. He is the first Chinese astronaut to have flown on three missions: Shenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 11.

Mission

Shenzhou-7

Type: Human Exploration

This is the third crewed mission for China’s Shenzhou program. Shenzhou-7 began its mission by bringing Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng into low Earth orbit. It was the first Chinese mission to have a three-person crew. During their 3 days in orbit, astronauts performed a number of tasks, including the first Chinese EVA carried out by Zhai Zhingang and Liu Boming. Shenzhou-7 deorbited and landed safely back on Earth on 28 September.

Mission patch for Shenzhou-7

Location

Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921)

Jiuquan, People’s Republic of China

178 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 – 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: 8400 kg

The Long March 2F was manufactured by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation with the first launch on 1999-11-19. Long March 2F 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: Chairman & 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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