China’s space agency on June 16, Wednesday declared that it’s first three crew members will be taken to its new space station for three months. They’ll be departing on Thursday morning.
Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo, for the preparation of the construction of China’s space station, will go into orbit via spaceship. This will be the first manned voyage while the space station is being built.
The expedition is being started in advance of the governing Communist Party of China’s (CPC) 100th-anniversary festivities, which will take place next month. Following its entry into orbit, the spaceship will perform a rapid automated rendezvous and docking with the in-orbit space station core module Tianhe, establishing a complex with the core module and the cargo vessel Tianzhou-2.
The space station, which is still under construction, is slated to be completed by 2022.
The astronauts on board Shenzhou-12 will be stationed in the core module for three months. Astronauts will do a variety of duties outside the cabin, including spacecraft repair and maintenance, as well as other construction missions.
Astronauts will collaborate with the robotic arm to build and maintain the space station in orbit.
The projected three-month stay will beat China’s previous record of 30 days, established by Chen Dong and Jing Haipeng’s 2016 trip to a prototype station, China’s final crewed trip.
The Chinese space station, which is a modular space station in low Earth orbit, is anticipated to compete with the ageing International Space Station (ISS).
The International Space Station (ISS) is a global collaboration project comprising five space agencies: NASA (US), Roscomos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).
After the ISS retires, China’s Tiangong space station is projected to be the lone space station.