China unveils Shenzhou-12 space shuttle with three cosmonauts being the first crew to Tiangong

China’s space operation Shenzhou-12 is the third of eleven operations desirable to build Tiangong, the nation’s new space station. The cosmonauts are sent for a three-month stay aboard the core module. This is in order to understand how the team handles their moderately long time in orbit.

China launches three cosmonauts as its first crew to its new Tiangong space station on 17 June. The nation’s first manned spaceflight in almost five years. The high-stakes mission, known as Shenzhou 12, was launched behind the Long March 2F rocket. It blasted off as planned at 9:22 am Beijing time at Jiuquan in the northwestern Gansu province.

Crew details are as follows:

  • Mission leader – Nie Haisheng – 56 years old
  • Liu Boming (Space farers)
  • Tang Hongbo (Space farers)

The Chinese cosmonauts are set to arrive at Tianhe on the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft. The launch was atop a Long March 2F rocket. The live coverage of the launch of the Shenzhou 12 operation to the new space station is aired on Chinese state tv.

Among the cosmonauts in China’s space operation, the experience of the crew is as follows:

  • Nie Haisheng – A former air force pilot is currently the oldest Chinese cosmonaut to go to space. His missions include –
    • Shenzou-6 mission in 2005
    • Shenzhou-10 mission in 2013
  • Liu Boming
    • Shenzhou-7 space mission in 2008
  • Tang Hongbo
    • First new space station mission

The three cosmonauts have a three-month stay schedule aboard the core module of the new space station, which makes launch to low Earth orbit on 28 April.

Chinese cosmonauts have had a relatively low global profile. US regulation bars NASA from any collaboration with China. In addition, Chinese cosmonauts have not been to the more than 20-year-old ISS (International Space Station). Over 240 people of several nationalities make a visit. The ISS may be withdrawn in 2024 if the plan does not receive new funding. Also, China can end up being the operator of the only space station in Earth’s orbit.

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