China’s Mentian Laboratory Module docks with the space station, Xinhua

China’s Mentian Laboratory Module docks with the space station, Xinhua

China’s Mentian Laboratory Module docks with the space station, Xinhua

This screenshot taken on Nov. 1, 2022 at the Beijing Aerospace Command Center shows the Mengtian lab module rendezvous and connecting to the front port of the Tianhe main module. The Mentian Lab module successfully docked with China’s Tiangong space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) — The Mentian Laboratory Module has successfully docked with China’s Tiangong space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

Mentian, Tiangong’s second laboratory module, docked with the forward port of Tianhe, the space station’s main module, at 4:27 a.m. (Beijing time) Tuesday after entering a planned orbit, CMSA said. The entire dating and docking process took approximately 13 hours.

Later, Mentian will carry out the transfer as scheduled, according to the CMSA. The Mengtian module, together with the Tianhe main module and the Wentian laboratory module, will form the basic T-shaped configuration of the space station. ■:

This screenshot taken on Nov. 1, 2022 at the Beijing Aerospace Command Center shows the interior of the Tianhe nuclear module after the Mengtian laboratory module successfully docked with the front port of the Tianhe main module. The Mentian Lab module successfully docked with China’s Tiangong space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

This screenshot taken on Nov. 1, 2022 at the Beijing Aerospace Command Center shows the Mengtian lab module successfully docked with the front port of the Tianhe main module. The Mentian Lab module successfully docked with China’s Tiangong space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

This simulated image taken on Nov. 1, 2022 at the Beijing Aerospace Command Center shows the Mentian Laboratory Module rendezvous and docking with the Tianhe Main Module’s forward port. The Mentian Lab module successfully docked with China’s Tiangong space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)

This simulated image taken on Nov. 1, 2022 at the Beijing Aerospace Command Center shows the Mentian Laboratory Module rendezvous and docking with the Tianhe Main Module’s forward port. The Mentian Laboratory Module successfully docked with China’s Tiangong Space Station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). (Photo by Sun Fengxiao/Xinhua)



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