Shenzhou-10 Crew Enters Tiangong-1

Shenzhou-10 Crew Enters Tiangong-1

The three person crew of Shenzhou-10 docked with and entered the Tiangong-1 space station today, beginning a roughly two-week stay.

China’s official news service Xinhua reports that docking took place at 1:18 am Eastern Daylight Time (1:18 pm Bejing time; 05:18 GMT) and the hatch was opened at 4:17 am EDT (4:17 pm Beijing time; 20:17 GMT).  Several western sources, however, say docking was a few minutes earlier (1:11 am EDT). 

The three person crew includes Maj. Gen. Nie Haisheng, making his second spaceflight; Col. Zhang Xiaoguang; and Maj. Wang Yaping, China’s second woman in space.  They are two days into a 15-day mission that includes conducting experiments aboard Tiangong-1, Wang teaching a physics class, and a manual docking test.

Shenhzou-10 crew.  Photo Credit:  Xinhua

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