China has announced the taikonaut team for the mission, which is the second manned mission to the space station. Cai Cigang, Yi Guangfu, and Vang Yaping, the second Chinese woman to go into space, will remain in orbit for a period of 6 months.
Lin Xiqiang, the Vice President of the China Manned Space Program Agency (CMSA), announced to the public the 3-person team that will be sent into orbit with the “Shincou-13” space mission. The mission, which is the second manned mission to the space station, will reportedly include taikonauts Cai Cigang, Vang Yaping and Yi Guangfu.
The Sencou-13 space shuttle will be launched on October 16th at 12.23 p.m. local time. The taikonaut crew will remain in orbit for a record 6-month period for the Chinese space program, operating on the station. After the announcement, three taikonauts appeared before the press.
“SPACE EXPEDITION HERO” IS IN THE TEAM
Cai, who will assume the command of the expedition, had previously been the taikonaut who performed the first spacewalk on behalf of China on the “Shincou-7” mission, which crossed Earth orbit in 2008. 55-year-old Cai was given the title of “space expedition hero” after that mission.
THE SECOND CHINESE WOMAN IN SPACE
The second senior member of the team, female taikonaut Wang, having joined the “Shincou-10” expedition, which crossed Earth orbit in 2013 and anchored in the “Tiengong-1” module, was given the title of “the second Chinese woman in space”.
Wang last traveled to space eight years ago, three years before her daughter was born. Chinese female taikonaut Wang made headlines all over the world with her image reflected in a flying water drop in the Tiangong-1 space laboratory.