TECH China to launch Shenzhou-12 manned space mission on Thursday

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China to launch Shenzhou-12 manned space mission on Thursday

By Yu Jianbin and Wu Yuehui | People's Daily app

09:04, June 16, 2021

The Shenzhou-12 manned spaceship is expected to launch at 9:22 am on Thursday Beijing time from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, according to the mission command center.

This photo taken on June 9, 2021 shows a Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft for China's first manned mission scheduled for June 17 to its new space station, at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China's Gansu Province. (File photo: provided to People's Daily)

The spaceship will take astronauts into space for the construction of China's space station.

The crew consists of astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo.

Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu will be the backup crew.

Nie has participated in the Shenzhou-6 and Shenzhou-10 manned missions and Liu has joined in the Shenzhou-7 manned mission. Tang will make his debut in this mission.

Profile photo of Nie Haisheng (Photos by Xu Bo)

Profile photo of Liu Boming

Profile photo of Tang Hongbo

After entering orbit, the spaceship will conduct a fast automated rendezvous and docking with the in-orbit space station core module Tianhe, forming a complex with the core module and the cargo craft Tianzhou-2.

The Shenzhou-12 crew will have a three-month stay in the core module, according to the mission plan.

The launch will be carried out with a Long March-2F carrier rocket, which will be filled with propellant on Wednesday morning.

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