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posted by janrinok on Thursday June 10, @05:24PM   Printer-friendly

Rocket in place to send 3 crew to Chinese space station:

The rocket that will send three crew members to start living on China's new orbiting space station has been moved onto the launch pad ahead of its planned blastoff next week. The three astronauts plan to spend three months on the space station doing spacewalks, construction and maintenance work and science experiments.

The main section of the Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, station was launched into orbit on April 29, and a cargo spacecraft sent up last month carried fuel, food and equipment to the station in preparation for the crewed mission.

The Long March-2F Y12 rocket carrying the Shenzhou-12 spaceship was transferred to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Wednesday, the China Manned Space Engineering Office said in a brief statement.

The space agency plans a total of 11 launches through the end of next year to deliver two laboratory modules to expand the 70-ton station, along with supplies and crew members. Next week's launch will be the third of those, and the first of the four crewed missions planned.

[...] China said in March the astronauts training for the upcoming crewed missions were a mix of space travel veterans and newcomers and included some women. The first station crew will be all male, though women will be part of future crews, according to Yang Liwei, who orbited Earth in China's first crewed mission in 2003 and is now an official at the space agency.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday June 10, @07:47PM (2 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 10, @07:47PM (#1144033) Homepage Journal

    Maybe talking about them in that fashion is warranted, considering their social credit scoring system.

    Let's go Brandon!
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  • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Thursday June 10, @08:20PM

    by ikanreed (3164) on Thursday June 10, @08:20PM (#1144044) Journal

    If I were to, as you suggest, consider premise Px as "Country x has a social credit scoring system" I cannot fathom the syllogism that leads to the conclusion Cx "It is warranted to describe the military of nation x as a wing of its political leadership"


  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, @03:30AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 11, @03:30AM (#1144168)

    You, sir, just lost five docial point for making that comment online.
    D'uh. Be good citizen. Go play now.