China announced on Thursday that its humanitarian spacecraft will be launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest of the country at 00:23 on Saturday (Beijing time).
The spacecraft will carry three astronauts, Joy Jigang, Wang Yaping and Yeh Guangfu, who will come forward to build China’s space station, Lin Xiang, deputy director of the agency, told a news conference at the launch center.
The astronauts will stay in space for about six months, the longest in the history of the country’s space program, according to the official Xinhua agency.
Upon entering orbit, the Shenzhou-13 space station will conduct rapid automatic meeting and docking with the radial port of the Tianhe block, which is already in orbit, thus forming a complex with the Tianjo-2 and Tianjo-cargo ships. .
The astronauts will be working and living on Earth at the same time, Lynn added.
The launch will be carried out by a Long March-2F carrier rocket, which is already refueled, the official added.