China to launch Wentian laboratory module into orbit on July 24

The launch of the Wentian laboratory module to the Chinese orbital station will take place on Sunday, July 24, according to the China Manned Space Flight Program Office.

It is noted that the launch is planned to be carried out at approximately 14:00 Beijing time (09:00 Moscow time) from the Wenchang Cosmodrome.

At present, the combination of the Chinese space station module and the Long March-5B Y3 launch vehicle is in the launch area.

Earlier, on June 5, it was reported that the Chinese Shenzhou-14 spacecraft with three crew members on board went to the Tiangong orbital station. The launch of the Long March-2F carrier rocket with Chinese astronauts on board took place at the Jiuquan Cosmodrome in Gansu Province in northwest China.

The Shenzhou-14 crew will stay on the Tiangong orbital station for six months and will be the third aboard the Chinese space station.

The Tiangong Space Station (also known as the China Space Station) is a manned low-Earth orbit spacecraft at an altitude of 340 to 450 km above the Earth’s surface, which is used by the China National Space Administration for research activities in space.

The Wentian Laboratory Module is the No. 1 Experimental Module of China’s Tiangong Modular Orbital Station. The module can be used as a work and living space, command compartment and as a shelter.

It is planned that the Shenzhou-14 crew will dock the module to the Tianhe base module, as well as test the lock chamber and the manipulator.

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