China’s Shenzhou 13 sends second crewed mission to Tiangong space station

Oct. 15 (UPI)– China on Friday introduced 3 astronauts into area aboard Shenzhou 13, its 2nd crewed objective to the Tiangong spaceport station.The Long March 2F rocket took off at 12: 23 a.m. from the Jiuquan Satellite Introduce Center in the Gobi Desert.Aboard the spacecraft were Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu. Wang will be the very first lady to step foot on the Tianhe core module, Zhai is working as objective leader and the objective is Ye’s very first spaceflight.The spacecraft was anticipated to dock with the Tianhe core module on the spaceport station about 6.5 hours after launch, the South China Early morning Post reported.The very first team aboard the Tiangong spaceport station went back to Earth in September after investing 3 months residing in orbit. It was the nation’s longest human area objective in history.The Shenzhou 13 team are anticipated to reside in orbit for 6 months, working to put together the spaceport station.Space.com reported the trio likewise will perform different experiments including area medication and microgravity physics.It will take 11 objectives to entirely develop the Tiangong spaceport station, which is anticipated to be about 20%of the size of the International Spaceport Station. 5 of the launches, consisting of Shenzhou 13, have actually currently occurred.This composite image made from 6 frames reveals the International Spaceport station, with a team of 7 aboard, in shape as it transits the sun at approximately 5 miles per second on April 23, 2021, as seen from Nottingham, Md. Aboard are: NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Mark Vande Hei; Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy, Pyotr Dubrov; and Japan Aerospace Expedition Company astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Signing up with the team aboard station the next day were Crew-2 objective team members: Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Image by Expense Ingalls/NASA|License Image Find Out More