China on Sunday dispatched a team of three astronauts to complete the construction work on the country’s permanent space station orbiting the Earth. The Long March-2F rocket carrying Shenzhou-14, or “Divine Vessel” in Chinese took off at 10:44 a.m. (0244 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. Which was shown live on broadcast TV.
Reuters report According to Shenzhou-14 mission commander Chen Dong, 43, and teammates Liu Yang, 43, and Cai Shuzhe, 46, all from another group of Chinese astronauts, will stay on the space station for six months before returning to Earth in December. . The Shenzhou-14 spacecraft carrying astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Shuzhe was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. The three astronauts will collaborate with the ground team to complete the construction of the Tiangong space station.
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During this time, the astronauts will also install equipment inside and outside the space station and will do many types of scientific research. “The Shenzhou-14 mission is a very important battle in the construction phase of China’s space station,” Chen told a news conference in Jiuquan on Saturday. Designed for a lifetime of at least one decade.
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