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Beijing is preparing to launch a manned space mission to complete the construction of the Chinese space station

Beijing is preparing to launch a manned space mission to complete the construction of the Chinese space station
Beijing is preparing to launch a manned space mission to complete the construction of the Chinese space station

China’s Manned Space Engineering Bureau announced today that Beijing will launch the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft with astronauts Ni Haisheng, Liu Beo

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ing and Tang Hongbo on board at 9:22 a.

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Thursday

.At the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, a Long March-2 FY12 rocket carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft was refueled this

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orning.

Ni Haisheng will serve as flight crew leader, while three other astronauts, Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Yi Guangfu, will be in the reserve crew

.The Shenzhou-12

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ission is the first

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anned space

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ission to take place during the construction of the Chinese space station محطةIt has

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ultiple

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issions, including technological verification in areas such as long-ter

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astronauts’ stay in orbit, space replenish

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ent, extravehicular activities and operations, and in-orbit

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aintenance.It will also, for the first ti

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e, test the search and rescue of astronauts at the Dongfeng landing site, carry out

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ultidisciplinary space applications and experi

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ents, and co

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prehensively evaluate the functionality and perfor

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ance of each

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ission-perfor

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ing syste

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to further exa

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ine co

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patibility and coordination.As scheduled, the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft, after orbital injection, will rendezvous and dock in rapid auto

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ated

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ode at the forward port of the Tianhe core

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odule to for

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a co

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plex with the Tianzhou-2 core

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odule and cargo ship.The astronauts will then

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ove to the basic unit and begin to work and live, in a synchronous arrange

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ent between space and EarthAfter staying in orbit for three

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onths, they will return to the Dongfong landing site aboard the return capsuleThe

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ain unit co

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plex “Tianhe” and the cargo ship “Tianzhou-2” are operating in a stable condition, with all equip

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ent operating nor

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ally and ready to rendezvous and dock the astronauts and

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ove on.Ji Zhi

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ing, assistant director of the China Manned Space Engineering Bureau, said in an interview with Chinese

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edia that all pre-launch preparations have basically been co

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pleted.China has planned 11

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issions to co

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plete the construction of its space station by the end of 2022, which are three launches of space station

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odules, four flights of cargo ships and four

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anned

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issions.The recently launched “Tianhe” core

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odule and the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft have already for

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ed an operating co

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plex in orbit.Ji said that the upco

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ing Shenzhou-12

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ission has four advantagesIt would verify the functionality and perfor

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ance of a

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anned space-to-Earth transportation syste

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The Shenzhou-12

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anned spacecraft has new capabilities such as rendezvous, robotic rapid docking, rendezvous, radial docking and 180-day orbit docking.And the return technology has been i

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proved with better accuracy of the landing point, and the e

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ergency rescue

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ode will be installed for the first ti

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eWithin three

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onths of crew

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e

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bers re

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aining in orbit,

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any technologies supporting long-ter

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spaceflight will be evaluated, such as renewable environ

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ent control, life support, space station supplies, and astronaut health

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anage

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ent.The astronauts’ abilities to co

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plete extravehicular activities and operations using robotic ar

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s will also be assessed as they will, for the first ti

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e, undertake long-ter

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activities outside the unit to install, repair and

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aintain equip

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ent.The landing site, which was changed fro

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“Siziwang” in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autono

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ous Region to the Dongfeng landing site, will activate the e

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ergency search and rescue

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ode for the first ti

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e.
Beijing is preparing to launch a manned space mission to complete the construction of the Chinese space station
Beijing is preparing to launch a manned space mission to complete the construction of the Chinese space station

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