Shenzhou 9 Launch

June 16, 2012 | 12:48 pm
Gregory Kulacki
China Project Manager

This is a video captured from a live Chinese television broadcast of the complete launch of the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft on the afternoon of June 16, 2012. The video begins a few seconds before ignition and continues through entry into the assigned orbit and the opening of the spacecraft’s solar panels.

A detailed history of China’s space station plans is available here.

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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.