Shenzhou 10 manned spaceflight ready for launch






According to Xinhua News Agency, China Manned Space Engineering spokesman announced on the 3rd May, that in the mid-June the Shenzhou 10 manned spaceflight of China’s Shenzhou program will carry three astronauts and visit again the Tiangong 1 space lab, a space station built by China. On the same day, the combination of Shenzhou 10 spacecraft and the Long March two F distant rocket was vertically transported from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center manned space launch technology zones to the launch area. This marks the final stage of preparation of Shenzhou 10 manned spaceflight.

■ Shenzhou 10 manned spacecraft profile

Height: about 9 meters

Weight: about 8 tons

Waist: maximum diameter of 2.8 meters

Composition: propulsion module, return capsule, orbital module and additional segments

Launch schedule: In mid-June 2013

Flight speed: about 7.9 kilometers per second, flying at 28,000 kilometers per hour, circle around the Earth every 90 minutes

Flight time: 15 days in orbit flight, including 12 days assembly flight with Tiangong 1 Space Lab

The only female astronaut candidate: Wang Yaping

Astronauts: 3 men or a combination of two men and a woman

Source: Xinhua Net

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