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ShenZhou 2

Crew:
    Unmanned
Launch:
    Date: 9 January 2001
    Time: 17:00 UTC
Landing:
    Date: 16 January 2001
    Time: 11:22 UTC
Duration: 6 days, 18 hours, 22 minutes
Orbits: 107

This unmanned flight was a modification of ShenZhou 1 and flown to test the life support systems. A total of 64 experiments were carried on the flight (12 in the orbital module, 15 in the descent module, and 37 in an add on package). Because of the lack of news or photos concerning the landing of ShenZhou 2, a landing failure is suspected. (It appears that a failure of a parachute connection led to a hard landing). The orbital module reentered on 24 August 2001.

shenzhou 2
(ShenZhou 2 on the launch pad. Credit Xinhau News. Click to enlarge - 54541 bytes).

 


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