Shenzhou-9 Undocks From Space Lab, Heads Back To Earth
By Srinivas Laxman | Top News
June 28, 2012
Shenzhou-9 and its three-man crew separated from the Chinese orbiting laboratory, Tiangong-1, on Thursday, and will return to earth around 10 a.m. (Beijing time) on Friday.
AsianScientist (Jun. 28, 2012) – Shenzhou-9 and its three-man crew separated from the Chinese orbiting laboratory, Tiangong-1, on Thursday, and will return to earth around 10 a.m. (Beijing time) on Friday, according to the officialXinhua news agency.
Shenzhou-9 will land at the Siziwang Banner county in North China’s Mangolia autonomous region. This landing zone has been used for all previous Shenzhou missions.
The landing crew and search and rescue teams have already positioned themselves in the touchdown zone. As of Thursday, the weather on Friday is a ‘go’ for landing. The meteorological department has undertaken extensive weather observations for Friday’s landing.
Prior to the undocking procedure, the three crew members: China’s first woman taikonaut Liu Yang, flight commander Jing Haipeng, and veteran Liu Wang returned to the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft around 6 a.m. for the manual separation attempt.
Liu Wang conducted the manual operation to separate Shenzhou-9 from Tiangong-1.
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