Meet the crew

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Jing Haipeng was born in October 1966 in Yuncheng, Shanxi prov­ince. He joined the Peo­ple's Lib­er­a­tion Army Air Force in June 1985 and be­came a Party mem­ber in Septem­ber 1987. He had 1,200 hours of flight time when he be­came one of China’s first as­tro­nauts in 1998. He was se­lected as one of six trainees for the Shen­zhou VI mis­sion in 2005 and for the prime crew on Shen­zhou VII in 2008. He was com­man­der of Shen­zhou IX in 2012, the first mis­sion to dock with the Tian­gong I space lab­o­ra­tory.

Chen Dong

was born in December 1978 in Luoyang, He­nan prov­ince. He joined the PLA Air Force in August 1997 and be­came a Party mem­ber in April 1999. He had 1,500 hours of flight time when he was se­lected as an astro­naut in May 2010.

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