China's Shenzhou-16 crewed spaceship docks with space station combination

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China's Shenzhou-16 crewed spaceship successfully docked with the space station combination on Tuesday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).
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China's Shenzhou-16 crewed spaceship docks with space station combination
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Jing Haipeng (right), Zhu Yangzhu (center), and Gui Haichao, who are carrying out the Shenzhou-16 space mission, wave to everyone during the send-off ceremony.

China's Shenzhou-16 crewed spaceship successfully docked with the space station combination on Tuesday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

The spaceship, launched on Tuesday morning, conducted a fast automated rendezvous and docking with the space station, and docked with the radial port of its core module Tianhe at 4:29pm Tuesday (Beijing Time), said the CMSA.

The whole process took approximately 6.5 hours, the CMSA said.

The astronaut trio aboard Shenzhou-16 will then enter the Tianhe module and the three astronauts of the Shenzhou-15 mission have got ready for their arrival, it said.

The spaceship, atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket, blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 9:31am Tuesday (Beijing Time).

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