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    "What does it take to be a taikonaut?"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-06-2...Cww/index.html

    A dozen of handpicked Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts as they are called, are set to explore new horizons in space in four manned flight missions within two years. In the first of these missions, three taikonauts aboard the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft have already successfully made it to space.

    The flight crews for Shenzhou-12 to Shenzhou-15 were selected in December 2019. China has picked four teams for different missions. Each team is led by an experienced captain, who will command another two taikonauts.
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    "Story of China's first taikonaut's one day in space lights up internet, highlights country's space advancements"

    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1227198.shtml

    As the "space fever" continues to grip Chinese netizens after China has achieved successive breakthroughs in the aerospace sector, culminating in the recent launch of three taikonauts to China's space station, an article written by China's first taikonaut Yang Liwei describing his one day in space triggered heated discussions on social media platforms, with many saluting Yang's heroic spirit and marveling at the country's significant advancement in space technology.

    Yang's article, entitled "One Day in Space," which was recently included in the seventh-grade textbook in Chinese middle schools, was posted on China's Twitter-like social media platform Sina Weibo on Saturday, soon drawing tens of thousands of views within the first few hours.
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    "Party members dedicated to China's spaceflight missions"

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    Upon the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo, all Party members, are busy at in-orbit construction of the country's space station.

    As the first astronauts stationed in the space station's core module Tianhe, they shoulder the expectations of the Party and the whole nation -- making pioneering contributions to the peaceful use of space by humanity.

    The CPC Constitution stipulates that the Party is the vanguard of the Chinese working class, the Chinese people, and the Chinese nation.

    Space exploration is the riskiest and most onerous mission for humanity. China needs its most courageous and capable astronauts to go to space.

    Nie joined the Party in 1986, and Liu and Tang in 1990 and 1997, respectively. The trio was sent into space with the Shenzhou-12 spaceship on June 17 and entered the core module several hours later. They will stay in orbit for three months.
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    "Expert Reveals Detailed Design of China's Self-Developed Spacesuit"

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    An expert on Sunday expounded on the detailed features of China's self-developed spacesuit Feitian worn by the Chinese astronauts during their extravehicular activities.
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    "Xi affirms importance of China’s space ambitions in milestone week for programme"

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    Chinese eyes were on the skies this week, with the safe return of its three astronauts after 90 days on board the Tiangong space station on Friday, and a tour on Wednesday of the PLA’s primary satellite control facility by President Xi Jinping, who said space was an important asset that needed to be managed well.

    “Space is an important strategic asset for the country that must be well managed and utilised and, more importantly, protected,” Xi said. He also called for strengthened space traffic management and international cooperation on security issues to improve effectiveness in managing crises in space.
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    "CGTN Exclusive: China's Manned Space Missions" (44 minute video presentation)

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-09-1...SNq/index.html

    Human beings are not only explorers of outer space, but also trailblazers and creators. Aerospace technology is necessary for the social progress and development of human civilization. Why did China decide to develop a manned space program? What is its global ranking in aerospace technology? How has China's manned space program benefited the Chinese people and people around the world?

    CGTN presents the first English-language documentary on the development of China's manned space program.
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    "China eyes sending 1st female astronaut to new space station"

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...cid=uxbndlbing

    One of China's few women astronauts is expected to be named among the crew of the upcoming Shenzhou 13 mission to the Chinese space station.
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    "China Displays Next-generation Spaceship"

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    Making its public debut is China’s next-generation crewed spacecraft.

    The once flown capsule is on display at the Airshow China 2021 in Guangdong Province’s Zhuhai City.

    This craft is larger than the now-in-use Shenzhou spacecraft. China space officials say the new vehicle extends the qualities of reliability and safety, and will be reusable.
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    Off-hand, it looks to me more like American capsules and not so much like the Soyuz like Shenzhou does, with an airbag system that reminds me of Starliner.

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    "China’s Shenzhou 13 Mission and Its Long-Term Impact"

    https://thediplomat.com/2021/10/chin...g-term-impact/

    On October 16, China launched its most ambitious human space mission yet, the Shenzhou 13, to the Tianhe core module of China’s permanent space station (Tiangong) in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The crew of three astronauts (Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu) will be staying on the Tianhe for six months, the longest stint for Chinese astronauts so far, if accomplished successfully. Earlier missions, including the Shenzhou 12, the first human mission to the Tianhe, were for a period of three months.

    The Shenzhou 13 astronauts arrived safely and have settled into the Tianhe, including opening the hatch of the Tianzhou 3 cargo spacecraft for their supplies.

    This mission, decades in the making and launched on schedule as per stated deadlines, has five critical implications for China and its space ambitions.
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