China Docks Cargo Spacecraft with Space Station Written 1 June 2021


Tianzhou 1 model  | Credit: Godai; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

Spaceflight Now reports that China’s Tianzhou 2 cargo ship “launched Saturday on top of a Long March 7 rocket and docked with the core module of the country’s space station eight hours later, delivering fuel, crew supplies, extravehicular spacesuits, and other gear in preparation for the arrival of three astronauts in June.” The spacecraft “lifted off at 8:55 a.m. EDT (1255 GMT; 8:55 p.m. Beijing time) Saturday from the Wenchang spaceport on Hainan Island.” The supply ship then “lined up for an autonomous docking at 5:01 p.m. EDT (2101 GMT) Saturday.” The “resupply mission is the second of a series of 11 launches planned by China through 2022 to assemble and outfit the space station.”
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