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SJ 10



SJ-10 (SHIJIAN 10) is a chinese satellite that carries 19 experiments investigating fluid physics, combustion in space, materials science, biotechnology, and the effects of microgravity and radiation on plants and animals. Shijian 10's return capsule will descend to parachute-assisted landing in China's Inner Mongolia region in about two weeks, while an orbital module will remain in space to conduct further experiments. The experiment package includes investigations probing how solid materials and wiring insulation ignite and burn in microgravity, how space radiation damages DNA, and the effects of the space environment on the development of mouse and silkworm embryos. The investigations could aid designers of future spacecraft and help scientists study how humans could reproduce in space.

Alternate Names

  • 41455
  • SJ10

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-04-05
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D
Launch Site: Jiuquan, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 3600 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Peoples Republic of China)


  • Microgravity

Additional Information

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

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