Resident Crews of the Chinese Space Station Tiangong

Tiangong 1: Expedition 1

Patch Shenzhou-9 Crew Shenzhou-9

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Crew, launch- and landing data

No. Nation Surname Given names Position Spacecraft
(launch)
Launch
date
Launch
time
Spacecraft
(landing)
Landing
date
Landing
time
Mission
duration
Orbits
1 China  Jing  Haipeng  Commander  Shenzhou-9  16.06.2012  10:37:24.558 UTC  Shenzhou-9  29.06.2012  02:02:49 UTC 12d 15h 25m 24s  198 
2 China  Liu  Wang  Operator  Shenzhou-9  16.06.2012  10:37:24.558 UTC  Shenzhou-9  29.06.2012  02:02:49 UTC 12d 15h 25m 24s  198 
3 China  Liu  Yang  Operator  Shenzhou-9  16.06.2012  10:37:24.558 UTC  Shenzhou-9  29.06.2012  02:02:49 UTC 12d 15h 25m 24s  198 

Backup Crew

No. Nation Surname Given names Position
1 China  Nie  Haisheng  Commander
2 China  Zhang  Xiaoguang  Operator
3 China  Wang  Yaping  Operator
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Expedition Report

Launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center; landing 162 km north of Hohhot in Inner Mongolia; fourth Chinese manned spaceflight.

Following a two-days solo flight Shenzhou-9 docked automatic with the Chinese space station Tiangong-1. Two hours later the crew entered the station for the first time.

On June 24, 2012 the astronauts temporarily departed their quarters inside the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab, backing away inside a Shenzhou spacecraft before pilot Liu Wang took control of the capsule to complete the first manual docking in China's burgeoning space program. Docking occurred at 04:48 UTC.

Photos / Graphics

Tiangong 1 crew in training
crew in training Shenzhou-9 rollout
Shenzhou-9 rollout Shenzhou-9 launch
Shenzhou-9 launch
Liu Yang onboard Tiangong 1 Tiangong 1
life onboard life onboard
life onboard life onboard
life onboard life onboard
life onboard life onboard
Earth observation Earth observation
Shenzhou-9 landing Shenzhou-9 landing
Shenzhou-9 recovery Shenzhou-9 recovery

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Last update on June 18, 2021.

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