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Jing Haipeng (simplified Chinese: 景海鹏; traditional Chinese: 景海鵬; pinyin: Jǐng Hǎipéng; born October 24, 1966) is a Chinese pilot and astronaut selected as part of the Shenzhou program. A fighter pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be a CNSA astronaut in 1998. He is the first Chinese astronaut to have flown on three missions: Shenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 11.

Jing Haipeng
Jing Haipeng.JPG
CNSA Astronaut
Born (1966-10-24) 24 October 1966 (age 52)
Yuncheng, Shanxi, China
Other occupation
Fighter pilot
RankMajor General
Time in space
47 days 18 hours 17 minutes[1]
SelectionChinese Group 1
MissionsShenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9, Shenzhou 11
Mission insignia
Shenzhou 7 mission patch.png Shenzhou 9 mission patch.png Shenzhou-11 mission patch.png



Jing was one of the six trainees for the Shenzhou 6 mission.

Jing, along with Liu Boming and Zhai Zhigang were selected for the prime crew on Shenzhou 7 on September 17, 2008. On September 25, 2008, at 21:10 CST, they launched into space as the first three-man crew for China aboard China's third human spaceflight mission.[2][3]

Jing was selected as commander of Shenzhou 9, becoming the first repeat traveller of the Chinese program.[4] He commanded[5] the first manned mission to dock with the first Chinese space station, Tiangong 1, with the first female astronaut, Liu Yang. The third member of his crew was Liu Wang.[4][5] The mission was launched on 16 June 2012,[4] returning to Earth on 29 June.[6]

On October 15, 2016, a press release indicated Jing Haipeng would be the commander of the Shenzhou 11 mission, that was slated for departure only two days later.[7] The Shenzhou 11 launched at 07:30 on 17 October 2016 local time (23:30 GMT on 16 October) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center using a Long March 2F launch rocket.[8] The crew landed successfully after the 33 day mission on 18 November 2016.The reentry module of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft landed in Inner Mongolia around 2.15 p.m(China time) after detaching from the space lab on 17 November.[9] After landing Jing Haipeng holds the record for the most cumulative time in space by a Chinese citizen with 47 days.[10]

In July 2017, Chairman Xi Jinping awarded Jing the Order of August First, the highest military award of People's Republic of China.[11]

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  1. ^ "Biographies of Taikonauts (yuhangyuans)". spacefacts. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  2. ^ CCTV1 live telecast; airdate 25 September 2008, circa 21:00 CST
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c, "China Unveils Astronaut Crew, 1st Female Spaceflyer, for Saturday Launch", 15 June 2012, Clara Moskowitz
  5. ^ a b London Free Press, "China completes successful space docking", Reuters, 18 June 2012
  6. ^ "China's first female astronaut touches down". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  7. ^ "CCTVNEWS on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  8. ^ "China's Shenzhou 11 blasts off on space station mission". BBC News. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  9. ^ CNN, James Griffiths. "Shenzhou-11 astronauts return home after China's longest-ever space mission". CNN. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  10. ^ "Two Chinese astronauts back on Earth". spaceflightnow. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  11. ^ "景海鹏、程开甲、王刚等10人被授予"八一勋章"". Phoenix News (in Chinese). 2017-07-28.

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