China’s space residing has original occupants accountable.
“On behalf of the Shenzhou 16 crew, I formally and solemnly quit [the key] to the commander of the Shenzhou 17 mission,” said Jing Haipeng, commander of the Shenzhou 16 mission.
“I firmly jabber, and all of us additionally jabber, that under your management, your crew will cooperate intently, operate fastidiously, and total the observe-up tasks efficiently.”
Commander Tang Hongbo bought the principle to the hatch door of Tiangong on what modified into as soon as the third handover of the gap residing. The principle saw the Shenzhou 14 crew pass on the baton to the Shenzhou 15 astronauts in slack November final year, marking a valuable second for China’s space residing mission that started in 1992.
The Shenzhou 17 crew launched on a Long March 2F rocket on Oct. 26. Tang, 48, is a used of Shenzhou 12. His crewmates are dilapidated fighter pilots Tang Shengjie, 34, and Jiang Xinlin, 35. Together they invent China’s youngest crew to this level.
The trio will utilize the subsequent six months in orbit aboard Tiangong conducting experiments, spacewalks, maintenance, repair and outreach actions.
The Shenzhou 16 astronauts — Jing and crewmates Zhu Yangzhu and Gui Haichao — returned safely to Earth early on Oct. 31 (GMT). Their return pill establish down on the Dongfeng Landing Space, positioned in the Interior Mongolia Self ample Space in northern China.
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