Shenzhou-10 Successfully Completes its Manual Space Docking
The three astronauts on board Shenzhou-10 successfully re-entered Tiangong-1 after completing a manual docking procedure as reported by the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. Shenzhou-10 was launched last June 11 and as of10:07 am yesterday the spacecraft completed its manual docking procedure and at 1:09 pm entered the orbiting space module and will now carry out scientific experiments on board Tiangong-1.
On June 13, Shenzhou-10 has also completed its automated space docking with Tiangong-1. After Beijing Aerospace Control Center remotely examining the spacecraft and the module, the maneuver was done with Nie Haisheng piloted the craft along with the two other members carefully monitoring and making sure that the craft was on target. By 10 am the craft made contact and connected by 10:07 am.
Shenzhou-10 is China’s fifth manned mission and its first application oriented space flight since the manned space program was initiated in 1992. China is also the third country to acquire such technologies and skills to perform such space missions and docking procedures and o provide manpower and materials for a space module with different docking methods.