Beijing — China’s manned space mission reached the currently under construction Space Station Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) after a six-and-a-half-hour space flight.
The astronauts will live and work at the space stations for six months in what will be China’s most extended space mission to date.
The Chinese Astronaut Wang Yaping became the second Chinese woman in space. When she worked aboard the Space Station Tiangong 1 space laboratory in 2013. And is now due to become the first Chinese woman to spacewalk.
So far, astronauts from 15 countries have been on board the International Space Station (ISS). But due to US opposition, never Chinese taikonauts. The US had passed a law prohibiting any contact with the Chinese space program for national security reasons.
Next year, two further modules will be connected to the Tianhe central module to complete the Chinese space station.
Wang is an inspiration to millions of women and trending on the search list of China’s microblogging platform Sina Weibo.
Wei Dongxu, a space observer and TV commentator, told the Global Times that the ability for continuous launches had shown the maturity of Chinese technologies in manned space programs.
Chang Wuquan, the chief designer of the Long March-2F rocket system, said that two space launches every year would be a routine in the coming years.