Shenzhou-19 (Chinese spacecraft) will blast off from Gobi Desert on a Long March rocket soon. Spacecraft will ferry 3 men to an orbiting space module where they will stay for 3-month. This will be the 1st time China will send humans into space since 2016.

Spacecraft means Divine Vessel, will be 3rd out of 11 missions that China needs to complete China’s space station by 2022. Out of 11, 4 will be missions with people on board. Thus, a total of 12 Chinese astronauts will go into space.

Shenzhou-12 Mission

Shenzhou-12 is a human spaceflight will also carry into space the hopes of some in Earth’s most populous nation. Shenzhou-12 crew will live on the Tianhe which is a cylinder having 16.6 metres length and 4.2 metres diameter. Crew will stay in space for three months, breaking its own record of 30 days stay in the year 2016 mission.

Backdrop

Chinese astronauts have relatively low international profile currently because USA law banned NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) from any connection with China. Thus, Chinese astronauts have not been to International Space Station (ISS) for more than 20 years. Thus, China is launching several space missions with the aim of becoming a major spacefaring power by 2030. Recently, in May 2021 it became second country to put a rover on Red Planet.

Shenzhou-12 1st Human Spaceflight since 2016 Shenzhou-12 1st Human Spaceflight since 2016