Earth and Space Science Payload of the Shen Zhou Orbital Modules

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P. Ulivi (2004), JBIS, 57, 348-352

Refcode: 2004.57.348
Keywords: China, Shen Zhou, astrophysics, TW-1 Satellite

While the fights of the habitable Shen Zhou spacecraft have attracted much interest, which culminated with the flight of Yang Liwei in Shenzhou-5 on October 15-16, 2003, the scientific payloads of the autonomous-flying Shen Zhou Orbital Module have been rarely described. This paper discusses Earth science and space science payloads carried by the Shen Zhou Orbital Modules, with particular emphasis on Shenzhou-2, for which several instruments and results have been described in detail. Moreover, a cancelled Chinese astronomical satellite of the early 1980s is described for the first time.

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