Jing Haipeng (景海鹏), a colonel pilot in the air force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), is China’s first three-time astronaut in the country’s manned spaceflight mission.
During his previous Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008, he served as a reentry module monitor while his partner Zhai Zhigang launched the country’s first space walk. On June 15, 2012, Jing was again selected as one of the three taikonauts , including Liu Yang, China’s first female astronaut and Liu Wang, for the country’s fourth human space flight—Shenzhou 9, which took off on June 16, 2012.
Born in Shanxi, Oct. 24, 1966, Jing had applied two times for the candidacy of national pilot schools, and was eventually admitted to the Aviation University of Air Force in 1985. In the ensuing years upon his graduation, he served as a pilot and was finally chosen to be an astronaut in 1998. With 1,200 hours of flying logged, he was one of the trainees for Shenzhou 6.
The Shenzhou 9, atop an upgraded Long March-2F carrier rocket, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China at 6:37 p.m. June 16, 2012 and returned to Earth around 10 a.m. on June 29. Its crew members are Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang (female).
He is also a crew member of Shenzhou 11, together with Chen Dong. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft was launched on Oct. 17, 2016. It will dock with orbiting space lab Tiangong 2 within two days and the astronauts will stay in the space lab for 30 days before returning to Earth.
It is Jing's third spaceflight following his Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008 and Shenzhou-9 mission in 2012.