Taykonavty successfully moved to the station "Tyangun-2"
Tonight, two taikonavts from the crew of the Shenzhou-11 successfully passed aboard the Tyangun-2 orbiting module (Heavenly Palace-2), which the PRC launched into space a month earlier , on September 16, 2016.
The commander of the crew of "Shenzhou-11" is 50-year-old Jing Haipeng, for him this is the third flight into space. Together with him went 37-year-old Chen Dun.
Taekonaut Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong (Source: EPA / HOW HWEE YOUNG)
The mission will last 33 days in total, of which the Taikonaut will spend 30 days on the space station. In the history of the manned missions of China - this is the longest flight. Hipan and Duna expect a tight schedule: they will carry out the planned work and research six days a week. Today, the taikonauts are resting.
The Chinese government pays great attention to the development of its own civil and military space program, which has been pointed out more than once by the PRC Chairman and Secretary General of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping.
Tiangun-2 can not be called a full-fledged space station. It consists of a single module and is vanishingly small compared to the 440-tonne ISS. In the future, by 2022, China plans to assemble its own three-module orbital station weighing about 60 tons. It was also announced that in the next five years, China will launch 110 rockets, which, on average, is two launches per month. This is the busiest flight schedule among all the space powers.
The predecessor of "Tyangun-2", the module "Tyangun-1" is already in a state of uncontrolled flight and its fall to the ground is planned in 2017.