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
life onboard Tiangong Earth observation
Earth observation Earth observation
Earth observation Earth observation
life onboard Tiangong life onboard Tiangong
life onboard Tiangong Shenzhou-9 landing
Shenzhou-9 landing Shenzhou-9 recovery
Shenzhou-9 recovery  

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Last update on June 29, 2022.

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