On the evening of November 29, Shenzhou 15 spacecraft was successfully launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China using a Long March 2F booster rocket.
On board the flight are 3 Chinese astronauts, who will join 3 others to jointly carry out the final mission of the Thien Cung space station construction project.
According to the China Manned Space Mission Agency (CMSA), The ship Shenzhou 15 successfully connected to Thien Cung station early in the morning of November 30.
The addition of human resources to space was hailed as “historic” by CGTN and CNBC, when the crew, including Commander Fei Junlong and teammates Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu, reunited with three other Chinese astronauts serving in the central module of Thien Cung. Space station.
This is the first time China has carried out personnel additions and rotations in a zero-gravity environment.thus creating a basis for missions to be carried out periodically in the future.
6 Chinese astronauts have historic reunion in space.
6 Chinese astronauts have historic reunion in space. (Photo: CCTV).
The six Chinese astronauts will work together to install and operate space mission-related equipment and devices inside and outside the station in a short period of time.
A little later, in early December, the crew members of the Shenzhou 14 mission will prepare for their return trip aboard the ship which has just docked with the Space Station.
It is known that Shenzhou 15 is the last mission of 11 launches planned to build the Thien Cung station and put it into service. The first time China launched the Thien Cung core module launch mission was in April 2021, just under 18 months ago.
Thien Cung space station design illustration.
Thien Cung space station design illustration. (Photo: ϹMSA).
Ji Qiming, spokesperson for the China Human Space Mission Agency (CMSA), said the Tiangong space station complex is currently in a stable state, with all equipment working well and ready for the launch of the spaceship, landing pillar and crew handover.
It is expected that once fully assembled, the Thien Cung space station will operate for approximately 10 years and accommodate crew missions lasting approximately 6 months.
- Here, astronauts will conduct a series of experiments and scientific and technological research activities.
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On the evening of November 29, the Shenzhou 15 spacecraft was successfully launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China using a Long March booster…