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- OT: Chinese astronauts back
- Phil Allison
June 29, 2012, 8:53 am
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** This pic really amuses me:
Almost 50 years after the USA and the USSR sent their first Astronauts and
Cosmonauts on short trips - the Chinese have done the same in very similar
The ( somewhat charred) capsule seen in the background was launched on top
of modified Long March rocket, originally developed as a nuclear missile.
The USA sent up their first capsules on top of a modified Redstone missile,
a direct descendant of the German V2.
1960s capsules returned to earth by parachute, US ones into the ocean and
USSR ones onto land.
It is all very " deja vu " to anyone who lived through the 1960s.
When the USSR sent a small dog into space, the US press immediately dubbed
it " Muttnik ".
Re: Chinese astronauts back
Phil Allison schrieb:
no, you cant tell that from this picture only.
I think there was a heatshield at the base of the cone before reentry,
it was released before landing when the airbag at the base has to be
floated to dampen the impact on the ground. Other parts of the
heatshield were removed too before this foto was taken, the round hatch
right from the persons dressed in red and another heatshield at the tip
of the cone.