Jing Haipeng


Jing Haipeng
Jing Haipeng.JPG
Born (1966-10-24) 24 October 1966 (age 53)
OccupationFighter pilot
AwardsOrder of August First ribbon.png Order of August First (2017)
Space career
CNSA Astronaut
RankMajor General
Time in space
47 days 18 hours 17 minutes[1]
SelectionChinese Group 1
MissionsShenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9, Shenzhou 11
Mission insignia
Shenzhou 7 mission patch.png Shenzhou-11 mission patch.png

Jing Haipeng (simplified Chinese: 景海鹏; traditional Chinese: 景海鵬; pinyin: Jǐng Hǎipéng; born October 24, 1966) is a Chinese pilot and astronaut selected as part of the Shenzhou program. A fighter pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be a CNSA astronaut in 1998. He is the first Chinese astronaut to have flown on three missions: Shenzhou 7, Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 11.


Jing was one of the six trainees for the Shenzhou 6 mission.

Jing, along with Liu Boming and Zhai Zhigang were selected for the prime crew on Shenzhou 7 on September 17, 2008. On September 25, 2008, at 21:10 CST, they launched into space as the first three-man crew for China aboard China's third human spaceflight mission.[2][3]

Jing was selected as commander of Shenzhou 9, becoming the first repeat traveller of the Chinese program.[4] He commanded[5] the first manned mission to dock with the first Chinese space station, Tiangong 1, with the first female astronaut, Liu Yang. The third member of his crew was Liu Wang.[4][5] The mission was launched on 16 June 2012,[4] returning to Earth on 29 June.[6]

On October 15, 2016, a press release indicated Jing Haipeng would be the commander of the Shenzhou 11 mission, that was slated for departure only two days later.[7] The Shenzhou 11 launched at 07:30 on 17 October 2016 local time (23:30 GMT on 16 October) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center using a Long March 2F launch rocket.[8] The crew landed successfully after the 33 day mission on 18 November 2016.The reentry module of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft landed in Inner Mongolia around 2.15 p.m(China time) after detaching from the space lab on 17 November.[9] After landing Jing Haipeng holds the record for the most cumulative time in space by a Chinese citizen with 47 days.[10]

In July 2017, Chairman Xi Jinping awarded Jing the Order of August First, the highest military award of People's Republic of China.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Biographies of Taikonauts (yuhangyuans)". spacefacts. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  2. ^ CCTV1 live telecast; airdate 25 September 2008, circa 21:00 CST
  3. ^ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-09/26/content_7060750.htm
  4. ^ a b c Space.com, "China Unveils Astronaut Crew, 1st Female Spaceflyer, for Saturday Launch", 15 June 2012, Clara Moskowitz
  5. ^ a b London Free Press, "China completes successful space docking", Reuters, 18 June 2012
  6. ^ "China's first female astronaut touches down". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  7. ^ "CCTVNEWS on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  8. ^ "China's Shenzhou 11 blasts off on space station mission". BBC News. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  9. ^ James Griffiths. "Shenzhou-11 astronauts return home after China's longest-ever space mission". CNN. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  10. ^ "Two Chinese astronauts back on Earth". spaceflightnow. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  11. ^ "景海鹏、程开甲、王刚等10人被授予"八一勋章"". Phoenix News (in Chinese). 2017-07-28.

External links

  • Spacefacts biography of Jing Haipeng