The President of China called the Tianhe Space Station capsule on Wednesday (June 23) to support the historical mission of the Shenzhou XII astronaut.
President Xi Jinping called from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center to congratulate the three astronauts on completing what he said was the “milestone” mission of China’s aerospace industry led by the China National Space Administration. The
Shenzhou 12 is the first manned mission of the 22.5-ton core module Tianhe of the China Space Station. It was launched into low-Earth orbit on April 28. Video
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On June 17, launching 6.5 hours, Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo arrived in Tianhe.
“You are the first group of astronauts stationed at the Tianhe central module and will undertake a three-month space mission. The Chinese people have always cared about their life and work in space,” Xi Jinping said in a video call in Earth and
Xi asked them that Commander Nie Haisheng said the work is progressing as planned. Nie, who is currently on his third space voyage, praised the living and working conditions at Tianhe, saying, “Chinese astronauts now have a long-term non-orbital home in space.” On June 23, 2021,
President Xi Jinping The Beijing Aerospace Control Center spoke with three astronauts at China’s Shenzhou 12 Tianhe Space Station mission.
President Xi Jinping spoke with Chinese astronauts Shenzhou-3. On June 23, 2021, the Beijing Space Control Center conducted the 12th Space Station Tianhe module mission.
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Liu responded that the crew will conduct two space walks or sorties, as well as a series of technical tests, including the use of a large robotic arm designed to assist in the construction of the space station.
Tang stated on his first space mission that he has adapted to the microgravity environment and can make video calls with his family. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and commander-in-chief of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, declared that the Chinese Space Station “will make a pioneering contribution to the peaceful use of outer space by mankind.”
Shenzhou 12 is expected to be China’s longest manned space mission to date, and it is also the first Shenzhou 11 mission of its kind in 2016.
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Shenzhou 13 is preparing to temporarily notify Tianhe for launch in case of emergency. The three-module China Space Station is scheduled to be completed in 2022. Although convocation
is brief, it shows the strength of political support for China’s space activities and a high degree of national pride in China’s space achievements.
Xi has also issued a similar call to space before. In June 2013, he told the Shenzhou 10 crew at Tiangong-1 Space Laboratory: “The dream of space flight is part of China’s dream of becoming a powerful nation. With the development of the space industry, the Chinese people have taken further steps towards space exploration. ” This year, Xi Jinping also met with representatives from the Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission. The
call is implemented by the China Tianlian relay satellite network in a geostationary orbit 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above the earth’s equator. These communication satellites are essential for maintaining continuous contact with the earth. After
plans to conduct extravehicular activities or space walks, the Skylink system will allow astronauts to have group conversations between teams in space, in the space station and on Earth.
NASA has a tracking and relay data satellite (TDRS) network to perform similar functions, including facilitating communications with the International Space Station.