A historic first for the country’s space program.
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After the launch of Tiangong space station’s core module in April, China took on its next challenge: send astronauts to live there.
The first crewed mission, Shenzhou-12, successfully docked at Tiangong Wednesday night.
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On board are 3 astronauts, who will stay at the station for 3 months. It’s the longest stay in space for any Chinese national.
But the historic mission marks the christening of the only other space station in low-Earth orbit and a new chapter for China’s space program.
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