Shenzhou XI spacecraft docks with Tiangong-2 space lab
Updated: 2016-10-19 06:21
The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou XI manned spacecraft automated docking with Tiangong-2 space lab on Oct. 19, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]
BEIJING -- The Shenzhou XI manned spacecraft successfully completed its automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab at 3:31 am Wednesday Beijing Time, according to Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC).
Shenzhou XI, which was launched Monday morning from northwest China's Gobi Desert, began to approach Tiangong-2 automatically at 1:11 am Wednesday and made contact with the space lab at 3:24 am.
The rendezvous took place in the orbit about 393 kilometers above Earth.