China launches a manned mission to its space station in a mission that lasts a record time

China launches a manned mission to its space station in a mission that lasts a record time
China launches a manned mission to its space station in a mission that lasts a record time

date of publication:15.10.2021 | 19:07 GMT |

Last updated:15.10.2021 | 21:26 GMT | The space

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On Friday evening, China launched a rocket carrying a vehicle carrying 3 astronauts into the nucleus of a future space station, where they will live and work for 6 months, which is a record length of time in orbit for Chinese astronauts.

A March-2F rocket carried the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft, with 3 astronauts on board, including a woman, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province at 00:23 a.m. Saturday Beijing time.

It is expected that the docking of the main capsule with the Tianhe space station will be completed within the next 6 hours, to begin the mission that is intended to continue the work of the initial crew.

Crew members conducted two spacewalks and deployed a 10-meter robotic arm before returning from their 90-day stay in mid-September.

The new crew includes two space travel veterans, pilot Zhai Zhigang, 55, Wang Yaping, 41, the only woman on the mission, and Wei Guangfu, 41, who is making his first flight into space.

China began construction of what will be its first permanent space station in April with the launch of the “Tianhe” module, the first and largest of the three station units.

The current mission will be the second of 4 manned missions scheduled to the station to complete its construction by the end of next year.

Source: Reuters + Associated Press.

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