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Shenzhou 6



Shenzhou 6 (meaning Divine Ship) is a Chinese passenger craft that was launched by a Long March 2F rocket from Jiuquan in northwest China at 01:00 UT on 12 October 2005. It carried two Chinese astronauts in the re-entry capsule, also named as SHENZHOU 6, to orbit around for about five days. The re-entry capsule separated from the orbiter module and parachuted down on Inner Mongolia on 16 October 2005 at 20:32 UT. The orbiter module continued to do scientific research.

Alternate Names

  • 28879
  • Shenzhou6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2005-10-12
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2F
Launch Site: Jiuquan, Peoples Republic of China

Funding Agency

  • China National Space Administration (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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