October 23, 2016

China’s Shenzhou 11 docks at Tiangong 2 space station

China’s Shenzhou

Two Chinese astronauts have arrived at the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, in a major project aimed at developing China’s capabilities as a space power.
The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft blasted off from northern China on Monday, and docked with Tiangong 2 at 03:24 Beijing time (19:24 GMT Tuesday).
Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong will be spending the next 30 days in space conducting experiments.
It marks the longest space mission by Chinese astronauts.
The docking took place 324km (201 miles) above Earth and the remotely controlled procedure lasted about two hours, according to state media.
China is the third country, after the United States and Russia, to carry out its own crewed missions. The Shenzhou-11 is its sixth.
It plans to create its own permanent space station, expanding Tiangong 2 over the next few years by sending up additional modules. It is expected to be fully operational by 2022.

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