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SHENZHOU 13 LAUNCHED

SHENZHOU 13 LAUNCHED

Context:

Shenzhou 13 is a spaceflight of China launched on 15 October 2021. The flight marks the 8th crewed Chinese spaceflight and the 13th flight of the Shenzhou program.

Key Highlights:

  • The spacecraft carried 3 People's Liberation Army Astronaut Corps (PLAAC) taikonauts on the 2nd flight to the Tianhe core module, the 1st module of the Tiangong space station.
  • It was launched on a Long March-2F launch vehicle in Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China's Gobi Desert on 15 October 2021.
  • After about six-and-a-half hours of flight it arrived at Chinese space station Tiangong.
  • The mission docked with the Tianhe core module on 15 October 2021, following the launch and successful docking of Tianzhou 3 on 20 September 2021, the third flight of China's Tianzhou cargo resupply craft.

History of the Spaceflight:

  • It is the 1st of the upcoming missions set to last six months (180 days).
  • After that, the 6-month stay aboard the space station will become the normal duration of the astronaut crew in orbit.
  • The flight marks the 2nd of 4 crewed missions scheduled to dock with the Tiangong space station by the end of construction in 2022.

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