Shenzhou-12 astronauts become first Chinese to enter a space station

Three Chinese astronauts entered China’s space station during the Shenzhou-12 mission, ending the history of no Chinese in space stations.

The trio entered the space station’s core module “Tianhe” from the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft launched on Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office, three hours after the Shenzhou-12 docked with the space station about 400 kilometers above the Earth.

The old space station, the International Space Station, forbids Chinese to join because of a U.S. law banning the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from working with Chinese counterparts.

Over two decades after the ISS was sent into orbit, the Chinese have finally built their own space station and put astronauts in it. Moreover, the project welcomes other countries to take part.

After moving into the space station, the three astronauts will live in it for about three months and conduct scientific research.

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