China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on its space station for six months — a new milestone for a program that has advanced rapidly in recent years
by Associated Press
October 14, 2021, 8:05 AM
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BEIJING — China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on its space station for six months — a new milestone for a program that has advanced rapidly in recent years. The Shenzhou-13 spaceship is expected to be launched on a Long March-2FLaunch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northwestern China. It will be ChiChina’sngest-ever crewed space mission and set a record for the most time spent in space by Chinese astronauts. The first crew who served a 90-day mission aboard the main Tianhe core module of the returned in mid-September.
The new science class in real-time while traveling on one of China’s earlieChina’simental space stations. Ye Guangfu, 41, will be traveling into space for the first time. The mission is of the initial crew, who conducted two spacewalks, deployed a 10-meter (33-foot) mechanical arm, and held a video call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.travel. Pilot Zhai Zhigang, 55, performed China’s first China’slk. Wang Yaping, 41 and the only woman on the mission carried out experiments and led a
China Manned Space Agency Deputy Director Lin Xiqiang said the rocket was fueled and ready to fly. “All systems c” conducting the have undergone a comprehensive rehearsal. The flight crew is in good condition, and our pre-launch preparations are in order,” Lin said at”a . Lin noted that the crew’s scheduled activities include up to three spacewalks to install equipment in preparation for expanding the station, verifying living conditions in the module, and conducting experiments in space medicine and other areas.
China’s China’sy, which runs the space program, has released few details but says it will send multiple crews to the station over theto make it fully functional. Shenzhou-13 will be the fifth mission, including un-crewed trips to deliver supplies. When completed with the addition of two more will weigh about 66 tons, a fraction of the size of the International Space Station, which launched its first module in 1998 and will weigh around 450 tons when completed.
China was law requires congressional approval for the contact between the American and Chinese space programs, but China cooperates with space experts from countries including France, Sweden, Russia, and Italy. China hhassent 14 astronauts into space since 2003 ,when it became only the third country after the former Soviet Union and the United States to do so on its own.to U.S. objections over the ties. It planned to stations in the early 1990s and had two experimental modules before starting on the permanent station. U.S.
Along with its crewed missions, year also landed its Tianwen-1 space probe on Mars, whose accompanying Zhurong rover has been exploring for evidence of life on the red planet. Other programs call for bringing back additional lunar samples. A highly secretive space plane is also reportedly under development. people on the Moon and possibly build a scientific base there, although no timeline has been proposed for such projects.exploration, including placing a rover on the little-explored far side of the Moon and returning lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s. China this