TECH Shenzhou-12 capsule docks with core module of space station

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Shenzhou-12 capsule docks with core module of space station

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16:02, June 17, 2021

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The three astronauts aboard China’s Shenzhou-12 spaceship has docked with the Tianhe core module, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

Illustration photo: Agencies

The spaceship was launched Thursday morning from Northwest China’s Jiuquan Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

This is the first docking between the Tianhe core module and a manned spaceship since it was sent into orbit.

The docking formed a complex with Tianhe and the cargo craft Tianzhou-2.

The astronauts will be stationed in the core module for a three-month mission.

China launched its space station Tianhe core module on April 29 and cargo craft Tianzhou-2 on May 29. The two completed a computer-orchestrated rendezvous and docking on May 30, waiting for the first manned mission to unpack the cargo.

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