Chinese astronauts to enter space lab soon

Jun 18, 2012, 12:29 IST | ANI

China's astronauts will enter the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module at 5:22 p.m. Monday, after the automatic docking of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and the module at around 2 p.m., announced the manned space program spokesperson

 After four orbiting changes since its launch on Saturday, the spacecraft is orbiting normally and approaching Tiangong-1, said the spokesperson.

China's first female astronaut
Liu Yang, the first female astronaut and two male astronauts on board the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. Pic/AFP

The crew are in good physiological and working condition. The lab module is ready for the docking and receiving astronauts.

All systems including the ground communication system are working well and ready to support the docking and accommodation of astronauts, according to the spokesperson.

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