Shenzhou-12 Manned Mission of China

The three-man crew will spend three months on the Tianhe module, which will orbit the Earth at 340km to 380km altitude.
Sheena

Updated: Jun 21, 2021 12:18:51 pm

21 June 2021 Current Affairs:A Chinese spacecraft "Shenzhou XII" with three crew members docked with China's new space station module Tianhe 1. This follows the launch of the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft, which delivered critical supplies to the space station.

Highlights:
♦ About six hours after taking off from the Jiuquan launch centre in the Gobi Desert, the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft connected with the Tianhe space station module.
♦ The three-man crew will spend three months on the Tianhe module, which will orbit the Earth at 340km to 380km altitude.
♦ This is the first of two manned space missions scheduled for this year, as part of a intense launch schedule aimed at completing the Chinese space station by 2022.
♦ The three astronauts are the first to live in the main living module, where they will conduct experiments, test equipment, perform maintenance, and prepare the station for the arrival of two laboratory modules next year.
♦ It was China's seventh crewed space mission, but it was a number of firsts for the country, including the first manned mission during the construction of China's space station, the first in nearly five years since the country's last manned mission in 2016, and China's longest crewed space mission to date.
Purpose of the Mission: It will aid in the testing of technologies related to long-term astronaut stays and health care, the recycling and life support system, space material supply, extravehicular activities and operations, and in-orbit maintenance.
 
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