A giant leap for China
Two Chinese astronauts entered the country’s orbiting space station for a month-long stay, as the country’s sixth and longest crewed mission gets under way in earnest. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft that blasted off on Monday docked with the Tiangong 2 station using an automated manoeuvre worked out during missions to an earlier experimental station. Commander Jing Haipeng opened the hatch and entered the station shortly after 6am Beijing time, followed by astronaut Chen Dong, who is making his first journey into space, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. “The two astronauts extended greetings and checked the status of the space complex,” Xinhua said.