Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shenzhou-8 is heading home

Shenzhou-8 has undocked from the Tiangong-1 mini space station and is scheduled to land Thursday around 7:00 pm local time. (11:00 am GMT, 6:00 am EST). No information on TV coverage. CNTV in English can be found here.

Shenzhou-8 departs from in-orbit lab, ready for return:

"China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 departed from the prototype space lab Tiangong-1 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, preparing for return to earth, a spokesperson for China's manned space program said.


This came after China had successfully completed its first two space docking tests that joined the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, launched on Nov. 1, and the target orbiter Tiangong-1 on Nov. 3 and Nov. 14, respectively."