According to a statement from the China Manned Space Program Agency, it returned to Earth at the weekend after a 6-month mission on the space station. taikonautThe new crew that will replace the astronauts will be sent into space in June.
The taikonauts, who will be the third crew to serve on the space station, will be transported to the station with the “Shincou (sacred ship)-14” shuttle.
The team, which will spend 6 months in space, will install new modules to be added to the station.
Prior to the manned voyage for the needs of the taikonauts, a resupply voyage will be organized with the “Tiencou (skyship)-4” cargo shuttle in May.
China’s plan to build a space station
China is working to establish its own space station, as the United States forbids cooperation in space exploration and prevents its participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program.
The Tiengong station, which is planned to consist of a core module, two laboratory modules and a space telescope, will be approximately the same size as Russia’s now defunct Mir Space Station when completed.
The station’s core module, called Tienhi (celestial harmony), was launched on April 29, 2021, followed by a resupply mission to the station on May 29, 2021 with the cargo shuttle Tiencou-2.
The first taikonaut team, consisting of Nie Haysing, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo, was sent to the station on June 17, 2021 by the Shuncou-12 shuttle, and returned to Earth on September 17, 2021, after a 90-day mission.
The second team, consisting of Cai Cigang, Wang Yaping and Yi Guangfu, was sent to the station on October 15, 2021 by the Shuncou-13 shuttle, and came back on April 16 after 180 days of mission.
To complete the installation of the station, two laboratory modules that will form the main skeleton will be sent into space in 2022.
The “Vintien” (seeking the sky) module will be launched in July, and the “Mingtien” (dreaming the sky) module will be launched in October.
After the main skeleton is built, the space telescope called “Shuntien” (to travel the skies) will be added to the station as a separate module.
In order for the station to be completed by 2022, a manned expedition by the Shincou shuttle and a cargo voyage by the Tiencou shuttle is planned at the end of the year.
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