Shenzhou-10 Transferred to Launch Center for Further Tests
Shenzhou 10 manned spacecraft was recently transferred to it launch center in Northwest China in preparation for the next manned space mission which is said to be the longest one so far. A Russian IL-76 freighter was used in transferring the space craft to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu.
At the launch center, Shenzhou-10 will be undergoing several checks and is scheduled to be launched between June to August. The space craft will be carrying three astronauts to the experimental space module. The director for the science and technology committee of China’s Aerospace Science and technology said that one of the astronauts will be a woman and will be doing docking procedures with the orbiting space lab Tiangong 1.
The astronauts will be in orbit for 15 days in which 12 of those days they will be working inside the couple complex of Shenzhou-10 and Tiangong-1. The mission is aimed to gather more experience for the country plans in constructing its own space station. This mission will the fifth manned mission of China.