China as Major Space Power, Dispatches First Crew to New Tiangong Space Station | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

China as Major Space Power, Dispatches First Crew to New Tiangong Space Station

The first astronauts for China’s new space station have blasted off for the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power.

The trio launched on Thursday on a Long March-2F rocket for the Tiangong station, where they will spend three months.

Liftoff took place at 9:22 am local time (0122 GMT) from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China’s Gobi desert.

Their Shenzhou-12 spacecraft will dock with the Tianhe main section of the space station, which was placed in orbit on April 29.

The module has separate living spaces for each of them, a treadmill for exercise, and a communication centre for emails and video calls with ground control.

It is China’s first crewed mission in nearly five years.

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