Nie Haisheng

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Nie Haisheng
Nie Haisheng 2010 Somalia stamp.jpg
CNSA Astronaut
Nationality Chinese
Born 13 October 1964 (1964-10-13) (age 50)
Zaoyang, Hubei
Other occupation
Fighter pilot
Rank Major General, PLAAF
Time in space
19 days, 10 hours, 1 min
Selection Chinese Group 1
Missions Shenzhou 6, Shenzhou 10
Mission insignia
Shenzhou 6 mission patch.svg Shenzhou 10 mission patch.png

Nie Haisheng (simplified Chinese: 聂海胜; traditional Chinese: 聶海勝; pinyin: Niè Hǎishèng; born 13 October 1964) is a Chinese military pilot and CNSA astronaut (yuhangyuan).

Military career[edit]

Nie Haisheng in 2010

Nie was born in Yangdang town of Zaoyang, Hubei Province. After graduating from high school he joined the People's Liberation Army Air Force and became a fighter pilot. During his training at the PLAAF's No. 7 Flying School he was:[citation needed]

  • Commander of a flight squadron
  • Deputy Commander of a group
  • Master navigator

Nie graduated in 1987 and continued his career in the PLAAF.

On 12 June 1989 while flying at 13,000 feet (4000 m) his plane suffered an explosion and he lost his engine. The plane began to spin to the ground and the cabin began to heat up. Trying to regain control he waited until the plane was 1300 to 1700 feet (400 to 500 meters) before choosing to eject. For his handling of the situation he was honored with third-class merit.[citation needed]

Prior to Shenzhou 10, Nie had attained the rank of Major General.[1]

CNSA career[edit]

In 1998, he was selected for the Chinese spaceflight program and was one of three candidates who were part of the final group to train for the Shenzhou 5 flight, China's first manned spaceflight. Yáng Lìwěi was picked for the flight, with Zhai Zhigang ranked second ahead of Niè Hǎishèng.[citation needed]

Nie went into orbit, along with Fèi Jùnlóng (commander), as flight engineer of the Shenzhou 6 flight on 12 October 2005. The mission lasted just under five days.

He was selected to be the commander of the backup crew for the Shenzhou 9 mission.[2] In 2013, Nie was selected to command the Shenzhou 10 second manned space mission to the first Chinese space station Tiangong 1.[3] He became the first officer hold general rank at the time of their launch in the Chinese program with the Shenzhou 10 mission.[4]


He is married to Niè Jiélín (Simplified Chinese: 聂捷琳) and has a daughter born in 1994. During the Shenzhou 6 mission he celebrated his 41st birthday in space.[citation needed]

The asteroid 9517 Niehaisheng was named after him.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "General ready for second space mission". SpaceDaily. 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Morris Jones (3 April 2013). "Shenzhou's Shadow Crew". Space Daily. 
  3. ^ "Astronauts of Shenzhou-10 mission meet press". Space Daily. 11 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "China's space dream crystallized with Shenzhou-10 launch". SpaceDaily. 16 June 2013. 

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