China’s Manned Aerospace Engineering Bureau (CMSA) said the country will send its first civilian astronaut into space at the Tiangong space station on May 30.
“Payload expert Gui Haichao is a professor at Beijing Aerospace University. Mr. Gui will be responsible for the scientific operation of the payload experiment in space. CMSA spokesperson Lin Xiqiang revealed China’s first civilian astronaut on the morning of May 29, according to AFP.
China’s Long March 6 rocket.
China’s Long March 6 rocket. (Photo: Xinhua News Agency)
So far, all Chinese astronauts sent to space are in the military.
The May 30 space mission commander is Jing Haipeng and the third crew member is Zhu Yangzhu.
The rocket carrying the crew to the Tiangong station will launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 9:31 a.m. (local time) on May 30.
On the same day, CMSA announced that China plans to put a man on the moon by 2030. The agency confirmed that China is conducting research and development of next-generation devices to serve its ambition to land the moon, according to Peple Daily.
The world’s second largest economy is trying to catch up with the United States and Gaga in the aerospace sector. At the end of 2022, China announced that the construction of the Tiangong space station was completed and said that it would enter the use phase from 2023.
On May 10, China launched the Chuan Chu 6 cargo spacecraft into orbit, marking the completion of the first mission of China’s space station application and development phase.
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