China Successfully Sends First Astronauts To New Space Station
Three Chinese astronauts successfully launched to China's new space station early on Thursday, June 17, to start running the station.
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After a 6.5-hour journey, the Shenzhou-12 spaceship carrying three Chinese astronauts successfully docked with the front docking port of the Tianhe at 15:54 PM local Beijing time on June 17, announced the CMSE.
This marks Tianhe's first rendezvous and docking with a Shenzhou spacecraft since it went up to orbit. Now, the astronauts are scheduled to enter the Tianhe module.
China's Shenzhou-12 mission successfully launched three astronauts at 09:22 AM Beijing time on June 17 (09:22 PM EST on Wednesday, June 16). The launch marks the first out of four planned crewed Tiangong space station missions, per CNN.