To better accommodate the crew on their space travel, the taikonauts
have been equipped with Bluetooth headsets and audio and video devices allowing them to communicate with their families and watch entertainment programs transmitted from the ground.
43) The first phase, which the Chinese have completed, was the launching of taikonauts
If the mission is successful it paves the way for a Chinese space station and lends weight to talk of putting a taikonaut
on the Moon by 2020.
China's goal is to build a space-based manufacturing capability that can be supported with taikonauts
(Chinese astronauts) and its proven Shenzhou launch system.
Immediately following the triumphant return of Yang Liwei, the Chinese announced that a Shenzhou VI launch, carrying three taikonauts
, would likely follow "within a year or two.
And the astronauts, cosmonauts and soon the taikonauts
will line up out the door for their chance to fly.
The first two Chinese taikonauts
are active-duty PLAAF fighter pilots trained in Russia.
The CMSP's primary mission will be to carry out space rendezvous and docking experiments, to guarantee the working and living conditions of taikonauts
Astronauts (called taikonauts
in China, a portmanteau of the Chinese word "taikong" meaning outer space and astronaut) for future missions could be picked from the industrial sector, research institutions and universities, Yang said, adding that women would also be encouraged to apply, according to local media reports.
citizens will wake up one day to watch Chinese taikonauts
setting up a lunar base, resulting in us having to catch up once again.
The four launches since 1999 of the Shenzhou (Divine or Sacred Vessel) spacecraft intended to launch the taikonauts
into orbit evidence substantial Chinese technical achievement and the seriousness of the program.
4) "Launch and Research Facilities", Go Taikonauts
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