Chinese astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming  are the first crew for China’s space station. Photo: Xinhua Chinese astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming  are the first crew for China’s space station. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming are the first crew for China’s space station. Photo: Xinhua

China picks veteran to lead first space station crew, as lift-off preparations begin

  • Shenzhou-12 is China’s first crewed space flight in nearly five years and will be led by Nie Haisheng on his third mission
  • The astronauts will spend three months on board the Tianhe, core module for the Tiangong space station

Topic |   China's space programme
Chinese astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming  are the first crew for China’s space station. Photo: Xinhua Chinese astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming  are the first crew for China’s space station. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese astronauts (from left) Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming are the first crew for China’s space station. Photo: Xinhua
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