Latest News:  


Astronauts of Shenzhou-10 spacecraft enter Tiangong-1 orbiter


18:08, June 13, 2013

BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The astronauts of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft entered space module Tiangong-1 on Thursday afternoon, said the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC).

The three astronauts -- Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping -- opened the hatch of Tiangong-1 at 4:17 p.m. on Thursday, after the spacecraft completed an automated docking procedure with the orbiting Tiangong-1 at 1:18 p.m. on Thursday.

After a series of preparations, the three astronauts entered the orbital compartment of the Shenzhou-10, taking off their intravehicular mobility unit spacesuits and changing into blue-colored jumpsuits.

The BACC ordered them to enter Tiangong-1 after staff on the ground checked the intravehicular environment of the space module.

With the help of Zhang, Nie successfully opened the hatch of Tiangong-1, then the three astronauts entered it one by one in a floating state, and waved their hands to staff on the ground through a camera in Tiangong-1.

They will conduct a number of scientific and technical experiments during the flight, in a bid to gather experience for future space station.

The docking procedure was the fifth between Shenzhou-type spacecraft and Tiangong-1. Previous dockings included two automated operations by the unmanned Shenzhou-8 in 2011 and both an automated and manual docking by the manned Shenzhou-9 in 2012.

The Shenzhou-10 spacecraft, which was launched on Tuesday afternoon from northwest China's Gobi desert, began to approach Tiangong-1 automatically at 10:48 a.m. on Thursday and made contact with the space module at 1:11 p.m..

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:DuMingming、Zhang Qian)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Austria peacekeepers start to withdraw

  2. Chinese public service ship starts voyage

  3. Afghan child labor works

  4. Hard times for air pollution

  5. Suspected food poisoning sickens 160

  6. Teach children to avoid abuse: experts

  7. Top 10 'small' countries with features

  8. Men's Int'l Basketball Challenge

  9. Turn white rabbit to 'gold'

  10. China owned MG unveils new car

Most Popular


  1. Male teachers needed at Chinese kindergartens
  2. Hard times for air pollution
  3. Road ahead for China's food safety
  4. Showdown of China's Big Three cities
  5. Market demand adds new dimension to trade row
  6. Optimism remains over resumption of talks
  7. Space dream crystallized with Shenzhou-10 launch
  8. Enthusiasts dream big after Shenzhou-10 launch
  9. Surprise at slower foreign trade growth
  10. Food waste hinders China's green shift

What’s happening in China

Turn white rabbit to 'gold' - A young entrepreneur's goal

  1. Investigation launched into food poisoning
  2. Children missing after minibus plunges into river
  3. Calls to close legal loophole used by pedophiles
  4. China conducts soil pollution survey
  5. Cities boost bus safety after fatal blaze