Space-tracking ship Yuanwang-5 returned to its port Tuesday, after finishing the latest monitoring mission in the Pacific Ocean for the Long March-5B rocket launch.
The ship has operated 81 days at sea, sailing over 20,000 nautical miles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no port calls were made during the voyage, and more than 80 percent of crew members did not disembark for over 100 days, said Chen Xiaohua, head of the ship.
After docking at the port, crew members will take rest, examine facilities and replenish supplies for upcoming missions including the Mars exploration and lunar exploration.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
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China's experimental new-generation manned spaceship works normally in orbit
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Beijing (XNA) May 08, 2020
The trial version of China's new-generation manned spaceship is now working normally in orbit, having completed a series of operations as planned, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) on Wednesday.
The experimental spaceship was launched without crew by China's new large carrier rocket Long March-5B from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the coast of south China's island province of Hainan on Tuesday evening.
So far, the new spaceship, developed by the ... read more