Shenzhou-13 astronauts enter space station core module

Publish: 4:56 PM, October 16, 2021 | Update: 4:56:PM, October 16, 2021

BEIJING,  – The three Chinese astronauts onboard the Shenzhou-13 spaceship entered the country’s space station core module Tianhe on Saturday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

After Shenzhou-13 successfully completed a fast automated rendezvous and docking with the space station complex, which is composed of the core module Tianhe and the cargo crafts Tianzhou-2 and Tianzhou-3, the Shenzhou-13 crew entered the orbital capsule from the return capsule of the spaceship.

After a series of preparations, Zhai Zhigang opened the hatch of the Tianhe core module. At 9:58 a.m. (Beijing Time), Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu entered the core module one by one. The trio is the second batch of crew in China’s space station. Wang Yaping is the first female astronaut onboard the station. They will carry out relevant work as planned, the CMSA said.