Long March 2F | Shenzhou-6

Long March 2F | Shenzhou-6

Launch Area 4 (SLS-1 / 921)
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China













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China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.



This is the second crewed mission for China's Shenzhou program. Shenzhou-6 began its mission by carrying astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng into low Earth orbit. During their mission, astronauts conducted scientific experiments, which mainly had to do with how human body responds to spaceflight. After almost 5 days in orbit Shenzhou-6 deorbited and landed back safely on Earth on 16 October.

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Shenzhou 6

Serial 6

Launch Crew Count 2

Status Single Use

Landing Time 2005-10-16T20:33:00+0000



Fei Junlong


Nationality Chinese

Date Of Birth 1965-05-05

Status Active

Type Government

Nie Haisheng

Flight Engineer

Nationality Chinese

Date Of Birth 1964-10-13

Status Active

Type Government

Long March 2F

Height 62.00 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 5985 kN

Diameter 3.35 Meters

Mass To LEO 8400 kg

Liftoff Mass 464 Tonnes

Launch Success 7

Consecutive Success 7

Maiden Flight 1999-11-19

Launch Failures 0




The Shenzhou program is a crewed spaceflight initiative by China. The program put the first Chinese citizen, Yang Liwei, into orbit on 15 October 2003.

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