Astronauts of Shenzhou-X enter Tiangong-1
Updated: 2013-06-13 17:41
The graphics shows the precess of Shenzhou X manned spacecraft conducting docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module. [Photo/Xinhua]
China is pursuing its space dream unswervingly, President Xi Jinping said following the successful launch of the Shenzhou X spacecraft on Tuesday.
The Long March 2F carrier rocket with three astronauts — commander Nie Haisheng, astronaut Zhang Xiaoguang and the second Chinese woman in space Wang Yaping — blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu province at 5:38 pm on Tuesday.
Three astronauts aboard the Shenzhou X spacecraft, which was launched into space on Tuesday, gave Dragon Boat Festival greetings to all Chinese on Wednesday.
This year's festival, which falls on June 12, is the second Dragon Boat Festival to be celebrated by Chinese astronauts in space.