Beijing, Oct 17 (EFE) .- The crew of the Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou-13, which this Saturday entered the space station that China is building, today accessed the Tianzhou-3 module, a supply ship that Beijing launched into space on Saturday. last month.
The China Manned Mission Space Agency reported today through a statement posted on its website that the “taikonauts” (as Chinese astronauts are known) opened the gate of Tianzhou-3 at 09.50, Beijing time ( 01.50 GMT time), and they accessed it.
“The astronauts will also open the hatch of the Tianzhou-2 (another cargo ship launched and docked to the space station in May). Later, they will remove the goods from them and carry out other work,” said the source.
The state news agency Xinhua reported last month, after the launch of Tianzhou-3, that it carried almost 6 tons of food and materials for astronauts, extravehicular space suits and propellant material, among others.
According to Xinhua, this shipment can provide enough food and drink for three astronauts to stay at the station for six months, which is the mission duration of the current tenants of the Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace” in Mandarin) space station.
The “taikonauts” who make up the current mission are Zhai Zhigang, 55, Ye Guangfu, 41, and Wang Yaping, also 41, who has become 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 last month after staying there for three months.
Construction of the Chinese space station – one of multiple 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 complete planned work.
The station will weigh about 70 tons and is expected to operate for about 15 years orbiting about 400 kilometers from Earth.
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