The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft carrying cosmonauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo docked with the PRC orbital station.
The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft was launched on Thursday from the Jiuquan Cosmodrome, located on the border of Gansu Province and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (North China). Docking with the station was successful.
The mission will be China’s longest-running space mission with a pilot to date and the first in nearly five years as Beijing pushes ahead with its ambitious program to secure a space power.
There are three astronauts on board: Nie Haisheng, Tang Hongbo, and Liu Boming, who made his maiden flight. They will spend three months on board the station: during this time, the crew will be engaged in assembling and connecting equipment that is delivered by cargo ships.
Later, two laboratory modules will be launched into orbit, they will be docked to the base one, and it is also planned to launch two manned and four cargo ships.
In total, it will take 11 launches and a little over a year to complete the construction.