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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).