China launches rocket with 3 astronauts into outer space
China launched a spacecraft on Thursday carrying three astronauts to part of a space station still under construction for the longest stay in low Earth orbit by any Chinese national. China launches space rocket 2021.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Ji Qiming, a director of China’s Space Agency said: “we welcome co-operation in this regard in general. It is believed that in the near future, after the completion of the Chinese space station, we will see Chinese and foreign astronauts fly and work together”.
A Long March 2F rocket transporting the Shenzhou-12, or “Divine Vessel”, bound for the space station module Tianhe blasted off at 9:22am Beijing time (01.22am GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province. China launches space rocket 2021.
Shenzhou-12 is the third of 11 missions, four of which will be crewed, needed to complete China’s first full-fledged space station. Construction began in April with the launch of Tianhe, the first and largest of three modules.
The astronauts Nie Haisheng, 56, Liu Boming, 54, and Tang Hongbo, 45, are to work and stay on Tianhe, the living quarters of the future space station, for three months.
During their sojourn on the cylinder-like Tianhe, slightly bigger than a city bus, the three men will test the module’s technologies including its life-support system.
With it’s 2019 space mission, China became the first to send a drone rover to the far side of the Moon.
China hopes to collaborate its space missions with other countries, whilst the USA and others have so far declined the prospect.