21 June 2012...Chinese Astronaut Liu Yang's first night shift in Tiangong-1
Police check a journalist's (L) credentials outside the home of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who claimed he was barred from attending his court hearing against a multi-million-dollar tax fine in Beijing on June 20, 2012.
GRAPHIC IMAGEPolice officers ask foreign journalists to leave the area prior to a court hearing for Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei against a multi-million-dollar tax fine in Beijing on June 20, 2012.
China..land of the natural disaster and major accident du jour!In these images made from amateur video footage released by the Tibetan Youth Congress, two Tibetans hold Tibetan independence flags as they set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule, on a street in Yushu prefecture in China's Qinghai province Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The exile group released a graphic video showing two Tibetans collapsing in flames during another suicidal protest against Chinese rule. The group and the official Xinhua News Agency said one man died and the other was seriously injured.
NINGDE, CHINA - JUNE 20: Rescuers search for victims and survivors at a traffic accident site on June 20, 2012 in Ningde, China. A coach carrying 45 passengers plunged into a 50-meter deep valley early Wednesday in Xiapu county of Ningde city, East China's Fujian province, killing at least 17 people and injuring three others.
Firefighters rescue survivors where was found in the wreckage of a passenger bus that crashed into a valley in Xiafu, southern China's Fujian province on June 20, 2012. Seventeen people were killed and three others severely injured of the 45 passengers on the bus.
BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhua) -- The first manned space rendezvous and docking mission of China succeeded Monday afternoon as the Shenzhou-9 spaceship and Tiangong-1 space lab module joined together, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.
BEIJING, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Three Chinese astronauts floated into the cabin of an orbiting module Monday afternoon, becoming the first group of Chinese to enter an orbiter in space.
Jing Haipeng, followed by Liu Wang and Liu Yang, went into the space lab module Tiangong-1 from spacecraft Shenzhou-9 following a successful automatic docking procedure about three hours ago
Rescuers prepare to enter the water at the Shiqiaohe Reservoir in Pu'an County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 18, 2012. A minivan carrying 15 passengers fell into the Shiqiaohe Reservoir at about 2:45 p.m. on June 17. One person has been confirmed dead and eight others remained missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)
Rescuers search for missing persons in the Shiqiaohe Reservoir in Pu'an County, southwest China's Guizhou Province, June 18, 2012. A minivan carrying 15 passengers fell into the Shiqiaohe Reservoir at about 2:45 p.m. on June 17. One person has been confirmed dead and eight others remained missing. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)
Firefighters rescue trapped people at the Tianzhu Mountain scenic zone in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, June 18, 2012. A rain-triggered flood hit the scenic zone on Monday. A total of 20 people trapped by the flood water have been transfered to safety places. (Xinhua)