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The manned Shenzhou 2021 12 spacecraft docked with the Chinese space station

The manned Shenzhou 2021 12 spacecraft docked with the Chinese space station
The manned Shenzhou 2021 12 spacecraft docked with the Chinese space station

The Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft successfully docked with Tianhe, the main unit of the Chinese space station, Thursday.

The docking process was completely automated, according to Chinese media.

On Thursday, 3 Chinese astronauts took off for the first manned flight towards the “Heavenly Palace” space station that Beijing is building in front of the International Space Station.

This 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.

It is noteworthy that the station is under construction, with two other units scheduled to be connected to it before completion in 2022

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The manned Shenzhou 2021 12 spacecraft docked with the Chinese space station
The manned Shenzhou 2021 12 spacecraft docked with the Chinese space station

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