18 October 2021

China’s Shenzhou-13 spacecraft docks for 6-month mission.

China's Shenzhou-13 spacecraft carrying three Chinese astronauts docked Saturday (16th) at its space station, kicking off a record-setting six-month stay as the country moves toward completing the new orbiting outpost.

The spacecraft was launched by a Long March-2F rocket at 12:23 a.m. Saturday and docked with the Tianhe core module of the Tiangong space station at 6:56 a.m., approximately six and a half hours later. 

The three astronauts entered the Tianhe space station core module at about 10 a.m., the China Manned Space Agency said.

The two men and one woman are the second crew to move into the space station, which was launched last April. The first crew stayed three months. 

The new crew includes two veterans of space travel. Zhai Zhigang, 55, and Wang Yaping, 41, and Ye Guangfu, 41, who is making his first trip to space.

Source: www.newsobserver.com


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