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Shenzhou 18 and 19 crews undertake intensive training for next missions
by Simon Mansfield
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 26, 2024

Crew members selected for China's upcoming manned space missions, Shenzhou XVIII and Shenzhou XIV, are currently engaged in rigorous training programs, as revealed by Yang Liwei, a prominent figure in the nation's space endeavors. Liwei, who earned distinction as China's first astronaut and now plays a pivotal role in the planning of the manned space program, recently shared these insights on China Central Television (CCTV).

The training regimen for these astronauts goes beyond basic spaceflight preparation. According to Yang, it encompasses specialized tasks to be performed aboard the Tiangong space station. These tasks include scientific experiments, equipment installation, and maintenance, highlighting the significant responsibilities astronauts undertake during their orbital missions.

In addition to these technical skills, the crew members are also being prepared to handle unforeseen scenarios and emergencies. This comprehensive training approach underscores the complexity and challenges of space missions, ensuring that astronauts are well-equipped to manage a variety of situations in the unique environment of space.

Yang, speaking to the state broadcaster, detailed the upcoming schedule for China's space endeavors. The Shenzhou XVIII and XIV missions, along with the Tianzhou 8 robotic cargo ship, are slated for launch within the year. This ambitious schedule reflects China's commitment to advancing its capabilities in space exploration and research.

The Tiangong space station, orbiting approximately 400 kilometers above Earth, is a testament to China's growing prowess in space. Comprising a core module and two science capsules, this modular station plays host to various scientific endeavors and serves as a hub for crew and cargo spacecraft. At present, Tiangong is manned by three astronauts from the Shenzhou XVII mission, who have been on board since October 26. Their tenure, marking the sixth crew to inhabit the station, is scheduled to culminate in April after approximately six months in space.

The upcoming missions of Shenzhou XVIII and XIV are poised to continue China's exploration and utilization of space, further solidifying the nation's position in the international space community. As these astronauts undergo their preparatory phase, they not only ready themselves for the tasks ahead but also carry the aspirations of a nation keen on expanding its horizons beyond Earth.

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