Thursday, November 10, 2016
2 launch to Tiangong 2
Docking took place at 3:31 a.m. China Standard Time (19:31 GMT Oct. 18). A few hours later, after leak checks, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong opened hatches between the two vehicles and entered the one-room laboratory.
The two will spend a month aboard the outpost to test advanced live support systems and conduct various science experiments.
This is the second Chinese space station and the sixth flight overall from the Asian country. After the Shenzhou 11, the next flight to dock with Tiangong 2 will be the Tianzhou 1 unpiloted cargo ship. It is expected to launch in April 2017 to test autonomous fuel transfer between the two craft.
As of right now, there are eight people in orbit in two different space stations. There are six at the International Space Station.
I am a super space geek. My passion for space launched when, on TV, I saw space shuttle Discovery launch on October 29, 1998, and that passion has accelerated ever since. I originally wanted to be an Aerospace Engineer, but I soon realized my true passion was talking to others about it, and spreading that passion. I want to do that via stories, writing, and any other form of media.
There has been a communications gap in the space industry for some time now. Space exploration and development used to be front page news, but now it only ever gets front page when tragedy strikes. I want to be able to help bridge that communications gap, and make space exploration something to look forward to hearing and reading about. Maybe through that, others too will get involved, be it in writing, art, business, engineering, or whatever way they feel they can contribute. Tomorrow starts today!