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Tianzhou-5 cargo craft separates from China's space station
by Staff Writers
Beijing, China (SPX) May 07, 2023

The China Manned Space Agency announced on Friday that the Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft successfully separated from China's space station at 3:26 p.m. Beijing Time. The spacecraft, which had been supporting the Shenzhou-15 crewed mission, is now in independent flight mode.

Tianzhou-5 was launched on November 12, 2022, from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan, a southern province of China. The mission aimed to deliver crucial supplies, propellant, and experimental equipment to the three taikonauts aboard the Shenzhou-15. It carried enough resources to sustain the crew for six months.

The separation of the cargo craft signifies an important milestone in China's space program. It marks the completion of the resupply mission and paves the way for the upcoming Shenzhou-15 manned spaceship separation from the station combination. After the manned spaceship detaches, Tianzhou-5 will continue to orbit the Earth and dock at the forward port of the space station's node cabin.

The success of the Tianzhou-5 mission demonstrates China's increasing capabilities in space exploration and strengthens its position as a major player in the global space community. The ongoing support for the Shenzhou-15 mission and the seamless integration of cargo and crewed spacecraft highlight the country's commitment to advancing its space program and contributing to international space research efforts.

The Shenzhou-15 mission, which has been providing valuable scientific research and technological advancements, will continue to benefit from the support of the Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft. The combined efforts of the two spacecraft will contribute to the overall success of China's space station project and pave the way for future space exploration endeavors.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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