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Zhang Xiaoguang (simplified Chinese: 张晓光; traditional Chinese: 張曉光; pinyin: Zhāng Xiǎoguāng) is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program.

Zhang Xiaoguang
CNSA Astronaut
NationalityChinese
BornMay 1966 (1966-05) (age 52)
Jinzhou, Liaoning
Time in space
14 days, 14 hours, 29 minutes
SelectionChinese Group 1
MissionsShenzhou 10
Mission insignia
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BiographyEdit

He was born in May 1966 in Jinzhou, to a family of Manchu ethnicity and was a squadron commander in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force when he was selected to be an astronaut in 1998. He had accumulated 1000 flight-hours as of 2004. He was selected as part of the backup crew for the Shenzhou 9 mission.[1] In 2013, he was selected to fly Shenzhou 10, the third spaceflight to the first Chinese space station Tiangong 1.[2]

Shenzhou 10Edit

Shenzhou 10 was launched on 11 June 2013, at 09:38 UTC (17:38 local time) on a Long March 2F rocket.[3] It docked to the Tiangong-1 space station, and the crew spent 12 days on board. Zhang returned to Earth on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 00:07 UTC. Total mission duration was 4 days 14 hours and 29 minutes.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jones, Morris (3 April 2013). "Shenzhou's Shadow Crew". Space Daily.
  2. ^ "Astronauts of Shenzhou-10 mission meet press". Space Daily. 11 June 2013.
  3. ^ Barbosa, Rui C. (10 June 2013). "China launches three person crew on Shenzhou-10". NASASpaceflight.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  4. ^ "China's Shenzhou-10 Crew Returns To Earth". Universe Today. June 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2017.