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China launches 2nd manned flight to Tiangong area station

China launches 2nd manned flight to Tiangong space station

China despatched its second manned mission to the Tiangong area station on Friday, with the crew together with the station’s first feminine Taikonaut, Wang Yaping.

The crew of the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft is ready to remain on the Tianhe core module for 183 days – the longest in Chinese language historical past – earlier than returning to Earth in April 2022.

The taikonauts are 55-year-old Zhai Zhigang, 41-year-old Wang Yaping, and 41-year-old Ye Guangfu.

The final crew returned to Earth in September after three months aboard Tianhe. As the primary folks to dwell aboard the area station, they labored on upkeep and testing the dwelling circumstances of Tiangong after its first modules had been constructed and connected within the earlier months.

The brand new crew will check varied applied sciences, together with a robotic arm, and conduct spacewalks in orbit. Wang will develop into the primary feminine Chinese language taikonaut to expertise a spacewalk.

China will proceed so as to add modules to the station over the following few years and manned missions are set to proceed, with the second crew’s six-month keep to develop into the norm transferring ahead, in line with the International Occasions. China expects Tiangong to be absolutely crewed by late 2022.

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