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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • China’s increasingly ambitious space program launched the 3rd and largest space station, the Tianhe.
  • On 29th April, its core module was launched into orbit.
  • Carrying the crew, the Shenzhou 12 capsule will launch from the Jiuquan base in the northwest of China in June.

A space official informed that in June, a 3 male astronaut crew will take off to the new space station of China for a 3-month mission. The space official who informed the news, was the first astronaut of China in 2003.

The deputy chief designer of the space program, Yang Liwei confirmed the news as an automated spacecraft with fuel and supplies was launched for the Tianhe station.

China’s increasingly ambitious space program launched the 3rd and largest space station, the Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony and on 29th April, its core module was launched into orbit.

Carrying the crew, the Shenzhou 12 capsule will launch from the Jiuquan base in the northwest of China in June, informed Yang and added that the crew will conduct repairs and maintenance with scientific operations and practice spacewalks.

Yang provided no details about the identities of the astronauts or a flight date but said that the crew were a part of 2 earliest groups of astronauts of the program.

He also informed that on Shenzhou 12, there won’t be any women crew but after this one, there will be women crew in further missions.

On Sunday, the Tianzhou-2 spacecraft carried 6.8 tons of cargo and currently it is docked with Tianhe. The cargo included space suits, food and equipment for the astronauts and fuel for the station, according to the space program.

Through the end of 2022, a total of 11 launches were planned by the space agency to deliver 2 more modules for supplies, the crew and the 70-ton station.

Due to US objections, Beijing does not participate in the International Space Station as Washington is aware of the secrecy of the Chinese program and its military connections.