A Chinese Spaceship is set to launch from the Gobi Desert. This launch is scheduled to happen soon and will be carrying three men to an orbiting space module. They will then spend three months there, which marks the first time China has deployed humans into space in over five years.
The CMSEO or China Manned Space Engineering Office has already transported the Long March-2F Y12 rocket. It is this rocket that will carry the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft, to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, as informed by CGTN.
As stated in the report, three astronauts wil be transported by the spaceship to Tianhe, which is China’s space station’s main module. The space agency is in the hope to have completed building its space station, by the time the year 2022 ends. Shenzhou-12 happens to be the third of a total of eleven missions that are required to finish the station.
Out of the mission, four will have the involvement of humans, with which 12 Chinese astronauts will be launched into space. This total of 12 surpasses its previous record of having launched a total of 11 men and women into orbit since 2003.
China has had a record of the 30-day stay, established in 2016 by Chen Dong and Jing Haipeng. This journey was on to the prototype station, which also happens to be China’s last crewed trip. The currently projected three-month stay will beat this record.
The head of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, Yang Liwei, who also happens to be China’s first astronaut, gave his comments in this regard and told the state-run news outlet Global Times last month that three men from China’s first and second sets of astronauts will be on this mission.
As per the Global Times, there are four 2.25-meter boosters in the Long March-2F carrier rocket. Other descriptions are as follows- the Long March-2F carrier rocket has the capability of launching 8.6 tonnes into low Earth orbit and has a length of 58.34 metres and a diameter of 3.35 metres.
Internationally, a low profile has been maintained by the Chinese astronauts. NASA astronauts have not yet visited the more than two-decade-old International Space Station, which has been visited by more than 240 men and women of various nations, due to a US law that prohibits NASA from any interaction with China.