Shenzhou-9 in its Final Phase of Launch Preparations
Shenzhou-9 is now in its final phase of its pre launch preparations ahead of China’s first manned space docking mission while its carrier rocket is being injected with rocket propellant. The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center’s Command Center is in its ready to launch status.
Wang Jun, the one responsible for pushing the ignition key for the actual launch said that the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft will be performing the historic docking mission with Tiangong-1 space lab after successfully completing a full system drill last Tuesday. Along for the ride is the country’s first female astronaut and the Tiangong-1 space lab have a specially designed toilet facility for women and a separate bedroom for her private use for the ten day docking mission.
Depending on the weather conditions the spacecraft carrying the three astronauts to the space lab could launch as early as Saturday. The mission takes 13 days, in which the Shenzhou-9 will dock with Tiangong-1 that was launched in September.
The mission is loaded with new features and important scientific goals. One of the astronaut’s space missions is to test the recycling abilities of Tiangong-1, which includes turning sweat and breathe vapor into water. Experiments such as breaking up of water to provide oxygen and converting urine into water as well. The astronauts will not be drinking the recycled water. The astronauts will also be testing different medical equipment on their functions in zero gravity.