BEIJING (AP) — A pair of Chinese astronauts entered the country's orbiting space station for a month-long stay early Wednesday, as China's sixth and longest crewed mission gets underway in earnest.
The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft that blasted off Monday morning docked with the Tiangong 2 station using an automated maneuver worked out during missions to an earlier experimental station.
Having changed from his space suit into blue overalls, veteran mission commander Jing Haipeng opened the hatch and entered the station shortly after 6 a.m. Beijing time (2200 GMT), followed by astronaut Chen Dong, who is making his first journey into space, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
"The two astronauts extended greetings to all the people of the nation in the space lab, and checked the status of the space complex," Xinhua said.
They still don't know where their dead space station will come down next year. Keep your umbrellas handy.
all dead space stations from usmericunt, Europe, Russia, japenis will also come down, some next week, some next month, some next year, all will come down. What goes up will come down. Like you live now, but who knows you come down next hour, next minute, next day. You don't last long in this world.
So now China has taken over that too? Just like all of the seas in the Pacific.