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World Rocket blasts off carrying first Chinese crew to new space station

05:40  17 june  2021
05:40  17 june  2021 Source:   afp.com

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JIUQUAN: China launched the first three-man crew to its new space station in its first crewed mission in five years on Thursday. The astronauts are travelling in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship launched by a Long March-2F Y12 rocket that blasted off shortly after the target time of 9:22 am The launch time saw bright blue skies with near perfect visibility at the launch centre on the edge of the Gobi Desert. The two veteran astronauts and a newcomer making his first space flight are heading to the Tianhe station for a three-month stay in its main living compartment for three months while they

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Liu Boming standing in front of a statue: The first Tiangong crew includes Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo © GREG BAKER The first Tiangong crew includes Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo a close up of a person in a blue shirt: The Tiangong station is a major step in China's ambitious space programme © GREG BAKER The Tiangong station is a major step in China's ambitious space programme

The trio launched on a Long March-2F rocket for the Tiangong station, where they will spend three months, in a much-anticipated blast-off broadcast live on state TV.

diagram: Graphic showing the component parts of China's space station including the Shenzhou-12 mannned mission set to launch on June 17 © John SAEKI Graphic showing the component parts of China's space station including the Shenzhou-12 mannned mission set to launch on June 17

Lift-off happened at 9:22 am (0122 GMT) from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China's Gobi desert, with the rocket rising in clouds of smoke against a blue sky.

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Three astronauts are set to blast off on China 's longest ever human spaceflight mission. China is set to launch three astronauts into orbit to begin occupation of the country's new space station . Lift- off from the Jiuquan satellite launch centre in the Gobi desert is expected at 09:22 Beijing time on image captionThe mission patch: It's nearly five years since a Chinese crew last went into orbit.

It is China ’s first crewed mission in nearly five years. The launch represents a matter of huge prestige in China , as Beijing prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist party on 1 July with a massive propaganda campaign. To prepare for the mission, the crew has undergone more than 6,000 Over the next year and a half, another 11 missions are planned to complete the construction of Tiangong in orbit. The first crew will test and maintain the systems on board, conduct spacewalks and undertake scientific experiments. China ’s space ambitions have been fuelled in part by a US ban on

After about 10 minutes it reached orbit and the space craft separated from the rocket, to loud applause in the control room among rows of blue-suited engineers.

State broadcaster CCTV showed a live feed from inside the spacecraft, with the three astronauts lifting their helmet visors and one smiling and waving at the camera.

Another floated a pen just off his lap in zero-gravity as he browsed the flight manual.

Cameras outside the craft broadcast live images of the Earth below.

"According to reports from the Beijing aerospace control centre, the Long March-2F rocket has sent the Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft to the preset orbit," said Zhang Zhifen, director of the Jiuquan satellite launch centre.

"The solar panels unfolded successfully and now we declare the Shenzhou-12 mission a complete success."

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JIUQUAN, China — The three members of the first crew to be sent to China ’s space station say they’re eager to get to work making their home for the next three months habitable, setting up testing and experiments and preparing for a series of spacewalks. The three met with reporters Wednesday from inside a germ-free The astronauts will be traveling in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship launched by a Long March-2F Y12 rocket set to blast off at 9:22 a.m. from the Jiuquan launch center in northwestern China . While the first Tianhe crew are all men, women will be part of future crews , officials have said.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The first astronauts for China's new space station bid farewell at a departure ceremony in Jiuquan before their launch on a Long March-2F rocket for the country's longest crewed mission to date. © Ludovic EHRET The first astronauts for China's new space station bid farewell at a departure ceremony in Jiuquan before their launch on a Long March-2F rocket for the country's longest crewed mission to date.

At a ceremony before blastoff, the three astronauts, already wearing their space suits, greeted a crowd of supporters.

Space workers and their families had gathered for the ceremony and sang the patriotic song "Without the Chinese Communist Party, there would be no new China", waving Chinese flags and flowers.

A Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and a crew of three astronauts, lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert, in northwest China © GREG BAKER A Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and a crew of three astronauts, lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert, in northwest China

The mission's commander is Nie Haisheng, a decorated air force pilot in the People's Liberation Army who has already participated in two space missions.

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Hong Kong (CNN) A rocket carrying three veteran astronauts bound for China's orbiting space station module will launch from the Gobi Desert in the country's north in just over 24 hours, China's space agency announced Wednesday. The three men, Nie Haisheng, 56, Liu Boming, 54, and Tang Liu Boming, the second oldest team member, joined China's 2008 space mission, in which he helped Zhai Zhigang become the first Chinese astronaut to conduct a spacewalk. The crew 's youngest member, Tang Hongbo, is the only one of the three yet to travel to space , despite training for 11 years

The first crew for China 's new space station prepared to blast off this week for the latest step in Beijing's ambitious programme to establish itself as a space power. The mission is China 's first crewed spaceflight in nearly five years, and a matter of prestige for the government as it prepares to mark the 100th birthday of the ruling Communist Party on July 1 with a propaganda blitz. A Long March-2F rocket carrying three astronauts in the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft is slated to lift off from a base in northwest China 's Gobi desert on Thursday, according to experts with knowledge of the matter.

The two other members are also members of the military.

- Space life -

Their Shenzhou-12 spacecraft will dock with the Tianhe main section of the space station, which was placed in orbit on April 29.

The module has separate living spaces for each of them, a treadmill for exercise, and a communication centre for emails and video calls with ground control.

It is China's first crewed mission in nearly five years.

The launch represents a matter of huge prestige in China, as Beijing prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the ruling Communist Party on July 1 with a massive propaganda campaign.

To prepare for the mission, the crew has undergone more than 6,000 hours of training, including hundreds of underwater somersaults in full space gear.

The Chinese space agency is planing a total of 11 launches through to the end of next year, including three more manned missions which will deliver two lab modules to expand the 70-tonne station, and supplies and crew members.

The first crew will test and maintain the systems onboard, conduct spacewalks and undertake scientific experiments.

China's space ambitions have been fuelled in part by a US ban on its astronauts on the International Space Station, a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan.

It is due for retirement after 2024, even though NASA said it could potentially remain functional beyond 2028.

Tiangong will be much smaller than the ISS, and is expected to have a lifespan of at least 10 years.

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