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Shenzhou V escape capsule successfully destroyed

PLA Daily 2004-01-06

Recently, a research institute of the Engineering Corps of the PLA General Staff Headquarters successfully accomplished the task of destroying the escape capsule of Shenzhou V manned spacecraft. The escape capsule is an escape device to ensure the safety escape of astronaut in emergency. After the spacecraft enters the orbit successfully, the escape capsule will come off the spacecraft automatically and fall to the ground. The escape capsule should be destroyed to avoid environmental pollution due to possible fuel leakage of rocket of the escape capsule.

By Xiefang and Sun Xianfu

(January 6, PLA Daily)

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