China successfully launches Shenzhou-13 spacecraft to rebuild its space station

Zhai Zhigang, Ye Guangfu, Wang Yaping, los tripulantes de la nave Shenzhou-13.

The Chinese ship Shenzhou-13 took off for the Tiangong space station with three astronauts on board, who are expected to remain there for half a year to contribute to its construction.

The launch was successful from the base of Jiuquan, in the north of the country, at 00.23, local time (16.53, GMT time this Friday).

A Long March 2F rocket propelled Shenzhou-13 into space, whose crew consists of Zhai Zhigang, 55, Ye Guangfu, 41, and Wang Yaping, also 41, who she will be the first woman to enter the Tiangong (Heavenly Palace, in Mandarin).

To complete their stay without mishap, the three “taikonauts” (as the Chinese cosmonauts are known) put into orbit they will become those who have spent the most time in the space of their country.

Sources from the base assured that the Shenzhou-13 is scheduled to arrive at the space station around 07:00 local time today (23:00 GMT this Friday).

Shenzhou-13 will be the fourth ship to visit Tiangong, and the second with crew, after the Shenzhou-12 took three astronauts there who returned to Earth last September after staying there for three months.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, after the crews of the future Shenzhou-14 and Shenzhou-15 complete the planned works.

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