BEIJING: China will conduct a manned space mission in 2012, an official said on Monday.
Spokeswoman for the programme Wu Ping said Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10 spaceships will be launched in 2012. They are expected to dock with China's first space lab module, Tiangong-1, she said at a press conference, Xinhua reported.
"At least one mission of the two will be manned," Wu added.
The crew members have already been selected for the possible space docking mission in 2012 and are being trained for manual docking skills, Wu said.
Before the manned flight, China has to test its knowhow on space docking by launching an unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8, whose takeoff is scheduled at 5.58 a.m. Tuesday, and connecting Shenzhou-8 with the target orbiter Tiangong-1.
"We (will) equip the spacecraft with devices to record real images and mechanical parameters during its flight, both of which are vital to future manned missions," Wu said.
01 Nov, 2011 02:30 PM
I think it will be fake like USA's Moon mission.
01 Nov, 2011 11:50 AM
India and China would have been such good friends!! if only they did not attack us!!? for some tiny territory? Tibet was worth more to them then a friendship with India. Now Dalai lama is in India and his followers in the future will want a free tibet? what was the point of attacking us for a piece of land that might be independent in the future>? also giving pakistan nukes! how can we forgive you... you fault ..what did we do to you????
Wilde in the Pacific (Pacific)
01 Nov, 2011 06:35 AM
This is 'enginerered' distraction. China builds a huge army. Many events cover the construction of the huge army. This is one. Mao wanted 200 million soldiers. The PLA still works towards it. China knows that space travel is a fantasy...just like the rest of the world.
这是“精心设计”的注意力分散。中国维持庞大的军队。许多事情掩盖了庞大军队的建设。这是其中一个。毛想要2000万士兵 :shock: 。解放军仍然朝这个方向发展。就像世界其他国家一样，中国知道太空旅行是虚幻的。
01 Nov, 2011 04:56 AM
China Rocket Science is 50 years behind USA and Russia. And that of India is 20 years behind China. Your latest GSLV Mk.II rocket's GTO payload is still a litter smaller than China's Long March 3A.
Rajeev Joshi (London, United Kingdom)
31 Oct, 2011 04:01 PM
Hope , It won't be one way journey .
Mrs. Grace Sulak (Australia) replies to Rajeev Joshi
31 Oct, 2011 04:30 PM
Poor Pathetic Indian (Rajeev Joshi)! Feels blue with envy with success of Chineese! There is one more news , mo...! China has built a high performance super computer (1 petraflop) using domestically designed and built processors. They have build their own nuclear reactors with their own technology!
Daryl Tan (Malaysia) replies to Mrs. Grace Sulak
01 Nov, 2011 10:13 AM
You are spot on.The Indians are so jealous of China's achievement.India should show the world that India can also built a space station,built the fastest super computer using Indian designed and build processors,dived into the deepest ocean that no Chinese had ever gone into.Competition is not by just talking and no action.Talking,talking and no actions are only full of winds.Go India go,show the world that India can also achieve by talking,oops by doing.India should look towards the future instead of glorifying the past achievements.
riju (kerala) replies to Mrs. Grace Sulak
31 Oct, 2011 06:10 PM
dear grace..please go through vedas....atomic knowledge was well know before 6000 years...please google ...ancient atomic knowledge..the findin were not found by indians but by western scientist..hope u undertood that our forefathers are not stupid :)..also we found zero which we all use in binary numbers for makin supercomputers hehe ..wake up dude
Indian (India) replies to Mrs. Grace Sulak
31 Oct, 2011 05:39 PM
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig enjoys it. Hence I am giving up. I do not know why these Paki people sneaks into our Indian web portal
stinking paki pigs (TOI) replies to Mrs. Grace Sulak
31 Oct, 2011 04:47 PM
You forgot that they also make their own noodles. (PS: I wonder why the Porkis use foreign names while kissing Chinese a*s. They did the same few decades back with the Americans. Look what happened......)
Ahmad (Canada) replies to stinking paki pigs
01 Nov, 2011 01:05 PM
Nothing against Pakistanis or Indians, but in Canada, racist people call all brown people Paki as a derogatory term. So don't insult urself buddy
31 Oct, 2011 01:57 PM
Docking is highly complicated due to the high velocity of orbit and the difficulty of getting two objects to travel at the same speed. If China can accomplish this, rivalry or not, it will be seen the world over as a great achievement. Above all, I hope that the Chinese astronauts are safe. They represent human beings stretching towards space and the human spirit.
P (Delhi) replies to Aaftab
31 Oct, 2011 02:42 PM
If USA can do it I'm sure China will do it. Why?.Guess the answer...
xiaop (pvg) replies to P
01 Nov, 2011 04:59 AM
You're wrong. The technology used by us(China) for docking is similar to Russia not US. And it's a transfer not 'steal'
oldman (uk) replies to P
01 Nov, 2011 01:37 AM
If china can do it, I am sure indian would SAY I can do it too! why? guess the answer? (htuom gib)a clue-reverse these two words
ChinaFTW (Shanghai) replies to P
31 Oct, 2011 08:09 PM
Most of the physics phds in the US from the top schools are Chinese to begin with. The US is becoming more anti-immigrant and often refuse to give them greencards/citizenship. To attract top talents back all China needs to do is to pay them more.
Rakesh (india) replies to P
31 Oct, 2011 04:04 PM
Had it been India, it is our own technology . Otherwise it is a stolen technology !
kid (school) replies to P
31 Oct, 2011 03:20 PM
stolen technology. any kid could answer that.
31 Oct, 2011 12:32 PM
Hope China uses imported parts in their space ship, so that it is guarateed that it will return back to earth safely, with the Man. Good luck Man !
31 Oct, 2011 12:27 PM
PRESENT super power control past 50-years in SPACE in alone.if china can share space technology with another nation's.present time USA soclose with INDIA it mean USA try TO stop INDIAN SCIENCE AND SPACE AMBUTION IN A FUTURE.
Wondering (left to right) replies to DIN
01 Nov, 2011 07:07 AM
I read left to right then right to left, I still could not make anything out of it.
Don't know (CHD) replies to DIN
31 Oct, 2011 04:21 PM
Don't know what u r trying to say?
jj (Canada )
31 Oct, 2011 12:12 PM
just build a few metal boxes and send it up ! there we will have a space lab as well!
oldman (uk) replies to jj
01 Nov, 2011 01:41 AM
yeap! india can do anything by mouth!
31 Oct, 2011 11:42 AM
I hope this will the FIRST real mission, unlike USAs moon mission.
Achyut Raj Pandey (Nepal) replies to sam
31 Oct, 2011 07:07 PM
Yes, I too think USA's moon mission was fake.
31 Oct, 2011 11:33 AM
Indian has talented people. But progress should be made step by step. Learn to make cheap plastic toys first.
31 Oct, 2011 10:21 AM
we have the technology to do this too! unfortunately our congress govt does not want to encourage this!! the way the world looks at us is key to investment in India ! some showing off will go a long way and will regain the $ lost in the mission within a year of foreign investment.
sam (India) replies to kk
31 Oct, 2011 11:41 AM
You dont have any. The moon mission was also not REAL either. The radiation level on moon is so intense and volatile that no human can sustain that, forget about just wearing a usual space suite.
LOL (India) replies to sam
31 Oct, 2011 04:43 PM
And now Porkistani text books will be printed saying that Chinese were the first people in space and on the moon and that it was Porkistan who taught them how to go there, survive the intense 'heat' of space (radiation), breathe in vacuum, and even how ti pee and take a dump. Only thing the Porkis couldn't teach was how to get back.
Maanga (Chennai) replies to sam
31 Oct, 2011 03:59 PM
Not even a chinese will be so patriotic about this mission than Pakistani like you!! I can bet you are pakistani since only in Pakistan they teach this high tech Science and unique History! Radiation in Moon.. man that was some awesome stuff!
ll replies to sam
31 Oct, 2011 12:15 PM
go away mr ching chong meow meow. USA did go to the moon! you chini bhais can keep trying! we Indians also discovered water on the moon! whats the point of chinis going to the moon now? make some noodles in space and break the record there haha.
nine plus two (eleven) replies to Maanga
31 Oct, 2011 04:44 PM
excellent guess. many porkis are using non-porki names/locations here.
goodman (u) replies to ll
01 Nov, 2011 01:45 AM
yes, indian can do anything using hands, no matter mouth or bottom!
mm replies to goodman
01 Nov, 2011 04:40 AM
In India and our culture we eat with one hand and other we use to do our toilet stuff! In China you eat and wipe with same hand !! disgusting people thats why you have yellow faces! che che che ! hahaha
DC (Japan) replies to mm
01 Nov, 2011 11:08 AM
Dude we use chopsticks to eat and toilet paper in toilet and so it's no problem to use one hand. Obviously in your culture you can't do that!
kk replies to DC
01 Nov, 2011 11:38 AM
yes you use chopsticks to eat dogs and cats !can ah?haha. that is just so sickk ...yuck! 76% of vegetarians are in India! who's got the sick mind? us or you?? disgusting..poor dogs
jesse ((hong kong)) replies to ll
31 Oct, 2011 01:00 PM
First go to toilet come back, then go to moon wash yr hand. che che che!
jesse replies to hh
01 Nov, 2011 01:57 PM
che che! touch with the fingers and smell, test its quality hahaha.