An historical moment for China, Shenzhou-9 (Divine Craft) space ship, one of the longest and heaviest rocket China‘s long range missile launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province.
The launch has made on Saturday, successfully carrying three astronauts – one of them is 33 years old Liu Yang, China’s first woman in space sent with co partner Commander Jing Haipeng, 46, and fellow flight engineer, Liu Wang, 42, source said.
Once again reiterating, Monday’s docking will automatically done with Tiangong-1 via by remote control. During that, radar, laser and optical sensors will align dock with Tiangong module and drive an altitude of about 340km (210 miles) into the space lab’s docking ring, according to source said.
It has been said that crew members will stay for 10 days at the Tiangong-1 space lab module for that six days later to prepare for its first time manual docking
This mission- a robotic docking and a manual docking between the spacecraft and the orbiting Tiangong-1, is an important step towards China’s plans to send a manned mission to Moon, in regard construct a space station by 2020.
“Even though Tiangong-1 is very modest compared to the International Space Station (ISS), and even to the first Russian and US space stations, it is nonetheless a starting point for long-term Chinese expeditions in Earth orbit,” space policy analyst Marcia Smith, told reporters.
Taking to source, Wu Ping, spokesperson for the manned space programme, said, “With this mission, China is expected to fully test its space rendezvous and docking technologies – “the precondition for building a space station” -and check the space lab module’s ability to accommodate astronauts.”
Meanwhile, with first Chinese woman launch into space, China’s space program over space station if has succeeded, then after the US and Russia, China will be the third nation to complete space docking.