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Oct. 13, 2011
Launch of Shenzhou 8 and docking between Tiangong-1 & Shenzhou-8:
Launch date: 1 November 2011 (launch time: hours not reported).
Launch vehicle: Long March 2F
Payload: Shenzhou 8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2F rocket launch Shenzhou 8 Will we have n Conduct unmanned flight to the country's first docking spacecraft in orbit Between Two. Shenzhou 8 Will rendezvous and dock with the Tiangong 1 module Launched in September 2011.
Shenzhou 8 in thermal vacuum chamber test
The space module Tiangong-1 dock Shenzhou-8 to November 3. Tiangong-1 entered the designated orbit to await Shenzhou-8, a ship without a crew.
Once the two spacecraft have made their rendezvous in space, they dock with 340 km above the earth. According to the chief engineer of the project, the operation will take place two days after the launch of Shenzhou-8. Then Tiangong-1 will change to a higher orbit for the arrival of Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10.
Docking between Tiangong-1 & Shenzhou-8 (Artist's view)
During the mission, experiments will be conducted with, among others, the University of Zurich in Switzerland:
- Project “Innate Immunity in microgravity”, SHENZHOU-8 Space Ship Mission, PI: Prof. Dr. Dr. Oliver Ullrich. German Aerospace Center DLR and China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO).
University of Zurich (Switzerland): http://www.anatom.uzh.ch/research/Appliedanatomy-1/DivisionUllrich-1.html
China Space Administration: http://www.cnsa.gov.cn/n615709/cindex.html
Images, Text, Credits: CNSA / CASC / CMSEO / Orbiter.ch.