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China to launch Shenzhou-14 on June 5

Updated: Jun 5, 2022

The mission will have three astronauts and will last six months to complete in-orbit space station (Tiangong) construction.


CZ-2F/G rocket poised at firing platform in Jiuquan

China is to launch three astronauts on the Shenzhou -14 spacecraft to its Tiangong space station from Jiuquan Space Center around 02:44:07 UTC on June 5, 2022 (10:44:07 Beijing time on the 5th, or 22:44:07 EDT on the 4th). The three astronauts are expected to remain aboard the Tianhe module for about six months. The crew will receive two new modules, the Wentian and Mengtian, in July and October this year.


Shenzhou 14 Infographics, by S.I and HDE

Shenzhou 14 Crew

Chinese astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe have been selected to carry out the Shenzhou-14 space mission, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said at a press conference on Saturday. The Crew: Chen Dong as Commander, and Liu Wang and Rookie astronaut Cai Xuzhe as Mission Operators

Crew of Shenzhou 14; 蔡旭哲 (Cai Xuzhe) 陈冬 (Chen Dong), and 刘洋 (Liu Yang),

Chen Dong has performed the Shenzhou 11 manned mission, Liu Yang has performed the Shenzhou 9 manned mission, and the first mission for astronaut Cai Xuzhe, and the three astronauts are the second batch of astronauts in China (according to reports).


Chen Dong; born in December 1978 at Luoyang, Henan, member of the Communist Party of China, master's degree, enlisted in the PLA army in August 1997, and joined the Communist Party of China in April 1999; now he is the first-level aerospace team of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Astronaut, Colonel rank; May 2010. Selected as the second batch of astronauts in the PRC; in October 2016, he carried out the Shenzhou 11 manned flight mission to the Tiangong-2 station; in December 2016, he was awarded the honorary title of hero astronaut by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the State Council and the Central Military Commission, and was awarded the third-level aerospace merit medal. After a comprehensive assessment. He was selected as the astronaut crew of the Shenzhou-14 manned mission and served as the commander.


Liu Yang, born in October 1978 in Zhengzhou, Henan, member of the Communist Party of China, doctorate, enlisted in the army in August 1997, and joined the Communist Party of China in May 2001. Now she is a specialist astronaut of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Astronaut Brigade, with the rank of colonel. In May 2010, she was selected as the second batch of astronauts in the PRC; In June 2012, she carried out the Shenzhou 9 manned flight mission, she was the first Chinese women in space, in October 2012; she was awarded the honorary title of hero astronaut by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the State Council and the Central Military Commission, and was awarded the third-level aerospace meritorious service. medal. After a comprehensive evaluation, she is selected for the Shenzhou 14 manned flight mission as Mission Specialist.


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