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Raumfahrt - Update - China´s Shenzhou-9 vor Start

 

BEIJING,The last fuelling drill began on Wednesday. Technicians say they have to cool down the propeller for safety, as the launch is taking place during some of the year's hottest months.
Meanwhile, the center's meteorological observatory is sending out two hydrogen balloons each day for the latest weather data. With a 2 metres diameter, the balloon can reach up to 30 kilometres above the ground.
The balloon's monitor box collects temperatures and air pressure figures, sending the data to ground radars every 2 seconds.
In addition, there are 7 weather monitoring stations on the ground, tracking any approaching abnormal weather. The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre holds two weather consultation meetings each day.
The latest numbers show that cooler temperatures are headed towards the area, good news for Shenzhou-9's fast approaching launch.
(Source: CNTV.cn)
Update: 15.06.2012:
China's sea divers, from 6,055 meters below, wish Shenzhou-9 spacecraft launch success
              
ABOARD XIANGYANGHONG 09, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The three sea divers Ye Cong, Cui Weicheng and Yangbo inside China's manned deep-sea submersible Jiaolong delivered their best wishes to the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft launch from 6,055 meters below the sea of the Mariana Trench on Friday.
The country's Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft Thursday completed its final full-system drill before its planned launch in mid-June.
The dive, which began at 9 a.m. local time Friday (2300 GMT Thursday), is the first of a series of six scheduled ones to attempt the country's deepest-ever 7,000-meter manned dive.
Update:16.06.2012:
China has named the female astronaut who on Saturday is set to become the nation's first woman in space.
Liu Yang, 33, an air force pilot, will join two male colleagues on board the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, state-run news agency Xinhua has said.
Ms Liu said at a press conference: "I thank the country and its people for your trust in letting me go to space on behalf of all women in the country".
The astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 - an experimental module currently orbiting Earth - and carry out scientific experiments on board.
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