Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth Sept. 17 after completing the first crewed mission aboard the Tianhe space station module.
China is preparing to launch its second space station cargo mission just as its Shenzhou-12 astronauts are set to return to Earth.
Two Chinese astronauts embarked on a second Shenzhou-12 spacewalk late Thursday to carry out work on a space station robotic arm.
Two Shenzhou-12 astronauts conducted a spacewalk late Saturday to carry to install equipment required for the long-term operation of China’s space station.
The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft docked with China’s space station module hours after launch from Jiuquan late Wednesday, marking the first crewed visit to the facility.
China rolled out a Long March 2F rocket Wednesday in preparation to send the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft and three astronauts to an orbiting space station.
China is set to launch the first module for its own space station next week after rolling out a Long March 5B rocket at Wenchang spaceport late Thursday.
China is preparing to launch three major missions in the next few months to initiate the construction phase of the Chinese space station project.
China is advancing the development of the Chang'e-7 lunar south pole mission and a complex campaign to study comets and return samples from a near-Earth asteroid with a single orbiter.