Chinese Space Station Ready to Dock with New Spacecraft

China Space Station Ready to Dock with New Spacecraft
Chinese Space Station Ready to Dock with New Spacecraft

China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3 repositioned this morning around the space station's core module, Tianhe, to accommodate other upcoming spacecraft.

China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3, under computer control, left the aft part of the space station's core module Tianhe at 05:02 this morning, according to a statement from the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO). It was re-engaged with Tianhe's front part.

Currently, the space station is reported to be in good condition and ready to dock with the Tianzhou-4 cargo ship, the Shenzhou-14 manned spacecraft, and the Wentian laboratory module.

During the construction process of the Chinese space station, 2022 more missions will take place in 6.

The Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft will be launched in May. In June, three taikonauts will be sent to the core module of the space station by the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft and will work there for 6 months.

The laboratory module named Wentian in July and the laboratory module named Mengtian in December will be docked with the core module of the space station. Thus, the 'T' shaped space station consisting of three modules will be established.

The Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft will then be launched. In addition, three new taikonauts will be sent to the space station by the Shenzhou-15 spacecraft to replace the three taikonauts assigned to the space station.

Source: China International Radio

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