- Nie Haisheng
CNSA Astronaut Nationality Chinese Born October 13, 1964
Other occupation Fighter pilot Rank Colonel, PLAAF Time in space 4 days, 19 hours, 33 min Selection Chinese Group 1 Missions Shenzhou 6
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:
- Commander of a flight squadron
- Deputy Commander of a group
- Master navigator
Nie graduated in 1987 and continued his career in the PLAAF. He has reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
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.
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.
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
- "Road to the space: stories of Niè Hǎishèng". PLA Daily. 2003-10-22. http://english.pladaily.com.cn/english/pladaily/2003/10/23/20031023001021_MilitaryNews.html.
- "Behind Every Successful Spaceship Launch is a Group of Women". Women of China English Monthly. January 2004. http://www.womenofchina.com.cn/womenofchina/web/figures/today/shenwu.htm.
- "China Prepares for Shenzhou VI Space Flight 13 October - Agency". China News Service. 24 September 2005. http://www.rednova.com/news/space/250050/china_prepares_for_shenzhou_vi_space_flight_13_october_/.
- Niè Hǎishèng at the Encyclopedia Astronautica. Accessed 22 July 2005.
- Spacefacts biography of Nie Haisheng
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