As part of the space program developed in recent years, China has sent 3 taikonauts to the longest manned space mission, which will last 6 months.
The space shuttle Sencou-13 with three Taikonauts was launched by the Long March-2F rocket at 12:23 a.m. local time.
The Taikonaut crew will serve on the space station and remain in orbit for a record 6 months for the Chinese space program.
The new team includes Cai Cigang, 55, as well as the only woman on duty, 41-year-old Vang Yaping, and 41-year-old Yi Guangfu, who made the first space trip.
Cai, who will take command of the expedition, was previously the Taikonaut who carried out the first spacewalk on behalf of China on the “Shincou-7” mission, which crossed Earth orbit in 2008. Cai was awarded the title “Space Expedition Hero” after the flight.
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The second senior member of the team, the Taconautin Wang, took part in the Shincou-10 expedition, which crossed Earth orbit in 2013 and anchored on the Tiengong-1 module, the first prototype of the space station, and Liu Yang, which took part in 2012 participated in the “Shincou-9” mission. She was the second Chinese woman to fly into space.
Yı, who is going on a space mission for the first time, joined the second generation taikonaut group in 2010.
CHINA’S PLAN TO BUILD A SPACE STATION
China is working to build its own space station by 2022 as the US bans cooperation on space exploration and prevents their participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program.
Consisting of a core module, two laboratory modules and a space telescope, the station will be roughly the same size as Russia’s now decommissioned Mir space station.
China launched the station’s core module called Tienhi (Heavenly Harmony) on April 29. On May 29th, a supply trip was organized with the freight shuttle Tiencou-2 (Skyship-2) to the train station.
The first Taikonaut team, consisting of Nie Haishing, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo, was sent to the station on June 17th with the shuttle “Shincou-12”.
The laboratory modules “Vintien” (Seeking the Sky) and “Mingtien” (Dreaming the Sky) will also be sent into space in 2022.
After the main skeleton is formed, the space telescope “Shuntien” (Wandering the Sky) is added to the station as a separate module in the following years.
So that the station can be completed in 2022, 4 manned flights and four cargo flights are planned.
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