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China’s first cargo ship docks successfully with space station module

Beijing, May 30 (EFE).- The first cargo ship carrying supplies and fuel docked successfully with the module of the Chinese space station on Sunday.

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said the cargo craft, Tianzhou-2, and the future space station, Tiangong, completed the computer-orchestrated docking around 5 am local time.

The mission to dock with the Tianhe core module of the space station lasted about eight hours.

The cargo ship took off around 9 pm Saturday from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan.

The ship carried supplies for astronauts, including spacesuits, equipment, and fuel.

China, on April 29, launched its space station core module Tianhe.

The country plans to complete the test of key technologies and the in-orbit construction of the space station through multiple launches in two years.

According to the state news agency Xinhua, the space station will remain in low Earth orbit at an altitude of between 340 and 450 km for up to 15 years with proper maintenance. EFE


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