Beijing, October 17th (EFE) .- The crew of the Chinese Shenzhou-13 spacecraft that entered the China-built space station this Saturday accessed the Tianzhou-3 module, a supply ship that will enter Beijing on Saturday All started. Last month.
The China Manned Mission Space Agency reported today through a statement posted on its website that the “Taikonauts” (as Chinese astronauts are called) opened and accessed the Tianzhou-3 gate at 9:50 am Beijing time (1:50 am GMT time) to have.
“The astronauts will also open the hatch on Tianzhou-2 (another cargo ship that was launched and docked at the space station in May). They will later remove the goods from them and do other work, ”the source said.
The state-run Xinhua news agency reported last month after Tianzhou-3 launched that it had carried nearly 6 tons of food and materials for astronauts, spacesuits for extra vehicles and fuel, among other things.
According to Xinhua, this shipment can provide three astronauts with enough food and drink to stay on the station for six months, which is the duration of the mission of the current tenants of the Tiangong space station (“Heavenly Palace” in Mandarin).
The “taikonauts” who make up the current mission are Zhai Zhigang, 55, Ye Guangfu, 41, and Wang Yaping, also 41, who was the first woman to enter Tiangong.
Shenzhou-13 is the fourth spacecraft to visit Tiangong and the second with a crew after Shenzhou-12 carried three astronauts there who returned to Earth after a three-month stay last month.
The construction of the Chinese space station – one of several projects in the ambitious Chinese space program – is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 after the crews of the future Shenzhou-14 and Shenzhou-15 have completed the planned work.
The station will weigh about 70 tons and will operate in an orbit of about 400 kilometers around the earth for about 15 years.
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