First astronauts enter China’s Tiangong space station after successful docking operation

Jun 18, 2021 7:53 am

The first Chinese astronauts entered the country’s Tiangong space station on Thursday afternoon, hours after lifting off.

The three entered the core module that will be their home for the next three months after the Shenzhou 12 launch craft successfully completed the docking manoeuvre at around 4pm.

The astronauts did perform some procedures manually, but most of the flight – including the final approach – was handled by computers.


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