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Offline AegeanBlue

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Chinese 1987 recoverable flight
« on: 04/22/2016 07:55 PM »
According to ESA, in August 1987 a Chinese mission sent nostoc algae to space and recovered it 5 days later for ESA. See for example this:

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/01/Nostoc_algae_sent_to_space_in_1987

Unfortunately Google and Wikipedia come short as per the name and specifics of the mission. See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Long_March_launches where all flights are listed "Communication" or reconnaissance and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987_in_spaceflight where it isn't mentioned at all. From the Shijian-10 article last week I assume that it was most likely in one of the FSW flights, and it is likely that they had a primarily reconnaissance role, but which one was it specifically that sent the two tubes of algae to space for Europe? Anyone have any ideas?

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Re: Chinese 1987 recoverable flight
« Reply #1 on: 04/23/2016 08:38 AM »
I think you are looking for information about the last FSW-0 (Jianbing-1) mission. Launched August 5th, 1987. According to my sources there was a french (Matra Marconi) biological/microgravity experiment on board. Algae are mentioned, too. Some details here http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a338573.pdf on page 282.
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Re: Chinese 1987 recoverable flight
« Reply #2 on: 04/23/2016 10:34 AM »
According to my notes, the purpose behind the experiment was to look into the possibility of growing food in space.

Edit to add: as I see the original link said.
« Last Edit: 04/23/2016 10:38 AM by gwiz »

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