China’s First “Space Kiss”

November 2, 2011 | 8:11 pm
Gregory Kulacki
China Project Manager

This is a video of the docking of the Shenzhou VIII and Tiangong 1 spacecraft captured from a Chinese television broadcast. The two spacecraft will circle the earth together for approximately 12 days. They then will briefly part company and hook up a second time before the Shenzhou VIII begins its return to the landing site in Inner Mongolia. Tiangong 1 will be left in orbit awaiting its next visitor, Shenzhou VIX, which could carry Chinese astronauts to the experimental space lab at an as yet unspecified date in 2012.

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Gregory Kulacki is an expert on cross-cultural communication between the United States and China. Since joining UCS in 2002, he has promoted dialogue between experts from both countries on nuclear arms control and space security and has consulted with Chinese and U.S. governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the U.S. House China Working Group, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the U.S. National Academies, NASA, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.