On this picture launched by China’s Xinhua Information Company, Chinese language astronauts, from left; Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming salute from aboard China’s area station core module Tianhe throughout a video dialog with Chinese language President Xi Jinping, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
BEIJING — Chinese language President Xi Jinping spoke Wednesday with three astronauts who’re making the nation’s first everlasting area station their residence for the subsequent three months, and referred to as their mission an necessary milestone in China’s area trade.
Former air pressure pilots Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo arrived on the area station final week. They are going to perform scientific experiments and area walks and put together the station for receiving two further modules subsequent 12 months.
Xi requested after their well being and dwelling scenario aboard the station. The astronauts, standing ramrod straight in a row, answered within the affirmative.
“We’re all very joyful to see you might be in fine condition and the work goes nicely,” Xi stated, talking from the Beijing Aerospace Management Heart. “The constructing of the area station is a crucial milestone in China’s area trade and it’ll make a pioneering contribution to the peaceable use of the area by mankind.”
“We in Beijing await your triumphant return,” he added.
The three gave a navy salute earlier than waving goodbye. Nie, Liu and Tang are finishing up China’s longest crewed area mission by far. Three extra crewed missions to the station are deliberate.
The area station’s core module, named “Tianhe” or Heavenly Concord, was launched into orbit on April 29. A cargo spacecraft delivered gasoline, meals and tools to the station final month in preparation for the arrival of the crew.
The area company plans 11 launches by way of the top of subsequent 12 months so as to add two laboratory modules to increase the 70-ton station, together with provides and crew members. The present mission is the third of the 11 launches.