Shenzhou XII

China’s ambitious space program is continuing at a rapid pace. Within days, its space station, “Tianhe” will be manned with three crew members, who will enter the core module and work inside it for three months.

According to the China Manned Space Agency, the mission — Shenzhou XII — is slated to set off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China’s Gobi Desert on June 17 (tentative date).

A Long March 2F carrier rocket with the Shenzhou XII spacecraft on top of it was moved to its launch pad at the space complex on Wednesday evening, the People’s Daily online reported.

The agency said in a brief statement the rocket and the spaceship will receive prelaunch examinations and tests, adding the launch center is ready for the coming mission.

Read more at Shenzhou XII set to blast off for Tianhe space station

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