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China achieves huge breakthrough as astronauts dock at Tiangong space station

The crew will spend 3 months abroad the space station around 380km above the Earth
China achieves huge breakthrough as astronauts dock at Tiangong space station 67

China’s first crewed spacecraft carrying 3 astronauts has successfully docked at the country’s first ever space station – Tiangong.

The spacecraft, Shenzhou-12, is a long March-2F rocket, launched at 9:22am Beijing time from the Gobi desert.

China achieves huge breakthrough as astronauts dock at Tiangong space station 68
The Shenzhou-12rocket

Shenzhou-12 arrived and docked with the Tianhe module (part of Tiangong space station) approximately 7 hours later after the launch.

The crew will spend 3 months abroad the space station, which orbits 380km above earth.

The moment of contact was met with applauses in China, marking a major breakthrough for the country’s space exploration.

Wilfred Tan
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