CHINA See-off ceremony held for Chinese astronauts of Shenzhou-12 mission

CHINA

See-off ceremony held for Chinese astronauts of Shenzhou-12 mission

Xinhua

06:37, June 17, 2021

JIUQUAN, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A see-off ceremony for three Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission was held in the morning of Thursday at the Wentiange square of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo attend a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, June 17, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

At the command of Li Shangfu, commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo set out at 6:32 a.m., to be the first Chinese astronauts to live and work in the country's space station currently under construction.

Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo attend a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, June 17, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Shenzhou-12 spaceship is expected to be launched at 9:22 a.m. Thursday (Beijing Time) and the crew will stay in orbit for three months for the construction of China's space station.

Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo attend a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, June 17, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

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