China’s Latest Manned Space Mission Launch Successful
The country’s latest manned mission to space blasted off successfully yesterday at 5:38 pm for a 15 day mission to dock with the orbiting space lab and to educate people about science. The Shenzhou-10 spacecraft is carrying three astronauts launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
Earlier before the launch, President Xi Jinping wished mission commander Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang, and China’s second female astronaut, Wang Yaping to the success of their mission. Xi stated that they will make the Chinese people proud and the training and preparation you did made him confident that they will be able to do their mission successfully. Xi also wished them more success and is looking forward to their return.
This fifth manned mission is said to be the longest one, and the craft was launched abroad the Long March-2F rocket and will transport the crew to Tiangong-1 that is functioning as a experimental prototype for a much larger planned space station that is scheduled to be launched in 2020.
Shenzhou-10 will spend 12 days docked with Tiangong-1 and the crew will be delivering a series of talks to students about physics while on board the spacecraft. Wang will be giving a lecture on motion in a microgravity environment and on the surface tension of liquid. This will help students on the concepts of mass, weight and Newton’s Laws.
China hopes to join Russia and the United States as the only countries to independently send and maintain space stations.