[FPSPACE] What happened to Shenzhou-8's orbital module?

Charles, John B. (JSC-SA211) john.b.charles at nasa.gov
Wed Dec 21 10:12:57 EST 2011

There was a oblique comment from the Chinese press that indicated the sequence was: deorbit, jettison hab module, jettison instrument module. I will forward for your review.

From: James E Oberg [mailto:jameseoberg at comcast.net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 08:46 AM
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Subject: [FPSPACE] What happened to Shenzhou-8's orbital module?

After completion of the docking mission to Tiangong,
what did Shenzhou do with its orbital module? Was it
jettisoned pre-deorbit [standard procedure], and if so
was it tracked and catalogued? Or did it ride down
with the entering vehicle, Soyuz style, for jettison and

Just asking...

Jim O
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