Tianzhou-1 cargo ship sep­a­rates from space lab, to con­duct tests

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China’s first cargo space­craft, Tianzhou-1, sep­a­rated from the Tian­gong-2 space lab on Sun­day .

At 3:29 pm on Sun­day, the cargo ship started to sep­a­rate from the space lab. Af­ter sep­a­ra­tion, it or­bited ap­prox­i­mately 400 kilo­me­ters above the Earth.

Tianzhou-1 will con­tinue to carry out ex­per­i­ments be­fore it leaves or­bit, and will gain ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing and op­er­at­ing a space sta­tion.

Tianzhou-1 was launched on April 20 from South China’s Hainan Prov­ince.

It com­pleted au­to­mated dock­ing with Tian­gong-2 on April 22.

The two space­craft com­pleted their first in­or­bit re­fu­el­ing on April 27, a sec­ond re­fu­el­ing on June 15 and a fi­nal one on Satur­day.

In the past five months, Tianzhou-1 has op­er­ated smoothly and com­pleted var­i­ous tasks. Xin­hua

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