Shenzhou 13 on the launch pad in Jiuquan. Photo: Reuters
Shenzhou 13 on the launch pad in Jiuquan. Photo: Reuters

Why China’s latest space mission is having a midnight launch

  • Sources involved in the mission say the timing will help Shenzhou 13 carry out a complex vertical docking manoeuvre with the Tiangong space station
  • Lift-off time was chosen after multiple simulations about how to maximise the chances of success

Topic |   China's space programme
Shenzhou 13 on the launch pad in Jiuquan. Photo: Reuters
Shenzhou 13 on the launch pad in Jiuquan. Photo: Reuters
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