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New information about the first manned flight of the Chinese space station

New information about the first manned flight of the Chinese space station
New information about the first manned flight of the Chinese space station

Three Chinese astronauts took off Thursday for the first manned flight towards the “Heavenly Palace” space station that Beijing is building in front of the International Space Station.

This is a step that takes great importance in its ambitious program to consolidate its position as a global space powerOn time, the “Long March-2F” rocket took off from a platform at Jiuquan Cosmodrome in the Gobi Desert (northwest China) before entering orbit 10 minutes laterThis is the first manned flight to China in nearly 5 years, and the three astronauts are expected to stay 3 months in orbit, a record period for the Asian giant.

The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft is supposed to dock with the main unit of the Tiangong Station called “Tianhe”, which was put into orbit on April 29.

This unit constitutes the station’s command center and astronauts’ residence, and it is in a low orbit at an altitude ranging between 350 and 390 km.

The docking process may take place six hours after the launch, according to the Chinese official CCTV televisionAnd this television broadcast scenes of astronauts smiling while raising their face coverings when they reached orbit”The solar panels opened in a natural way, and we can say that the launch was successful,” said Zhang Zifen, director of the launch center.

The three astronauts have many tasks in front of them, from maintaining and installing equipment, going out into space, preparing for future construction missions, and the arrival of other crews.

China had decided to establish its own manned space base after the United States refused to allow it to participate in the International Space Station.

And the International Space Station, which brings together the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan, will be out of service in 2024, even if the American Space Agency (NASA) has not ruled out extending its life beyond 2028.

When completed, Tiangong will have a mass of about 90 tons and is expected to operate for at least ten years, according to the Chinese space agency.

It would be much smaller than the International Space Station and similar to the Soviet Mir space station, which was launched in 1986 and decommissioned in 2001.

China has invested billions of dollars over decades in order to catch up with established space powers such as the United States and RussiaSo far, it has managed to send humans into space and a probe to the moon, and in May, a robot belonging to it landed on Mars, in a very important space achievement.

A long-term human presence in space will be an important leap in China’s space programChinese President Xi Jinping described China’s space station as a major step in “building a great nation of science and technology” after the launch of the Tianhe module.

If the ISS is “retired”, Tiangong will be the only space station in service”We are ready to cooperate with any country that commits to peaceful use of space,” a senior official with the manned flight agency Ji Keming said Wednesday.

The three astronauts bid farewell to their relatives and colleagues during a ceremony punctuated by national anthemsThe three astronauts underwent more than 6,000 hours of training to get used to zero gravityChina’s Tiangong space station is scheduled to remain in service for at least ten yearsIn May, a cargo vehicle transported fuel, food and equipment in preparation for this manned mission

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New information about the first manned flight of the Chinese space station
New information about the first manned flight of the Chinese space station

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