Wednesday, June 27, 2012

China, Pioneering the Space Station from Asia

Beijing: Three Chinese astronauts, one of them women, successfully docked at the space module Tiangong 1, Monday. All three arrived to board a spacecraft Shenzhou-9 that departed from the Earth since Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Jing Haipeng merapatnya process, Liu Wang, and Liu Yang, the name of the third astronaut, takes less than three hours. As well as China's first manned flight so successfully docked at the Tiangong 1. Two previous attempts to do just use the remote control.

It also made ​​history for China as it will be the third country in the world to pioneer the development of the international space station. Technology complicated and costly than the space station had previously only done by the United States and Russia in the 1960's. Target China while the station was completed in 2020.

Crucial moment was broadcast live by local Chinese media. In the show, seen by astronauts, including Yang Liu, a woman who is also the Chinese Air Force pilot, waving to the camera. They were scheduled to undergo a 13-day mission with the toughest task in controlling the aircraft landing module manually Tianging 1.

Tiangong 1 launched since 2011 with weights weighing 54 tons. Slightly lighter than the American Skylab Space Agency (NASA) in the 1970's. And only one-sixth the size of the International Space Station (ISS) which is a joint project of five space agencies in the world, namely the U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada, Europe.

Bamboo Curtain country launched its first man into space in 2003. Two years later, the two astronauts into space successfully posted. And in 2008, three astronauts successfully sent a mission to walk in space. (NatGeo / ADO)

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