Resident Crews of the Chinese Space Station Tiangong

Tiangong: Expedition 6

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Crew, launch- and landing data

No. Nation Surname Given names Position Spacecraft
(launch)
Launch
date
Launch
time
Spacecraft
(landing)
Landing
date
Landing
time
Mission
duration
Orbits
1 China  Tang  Hongbo  Commander  Shenzhou-17  26.10.2023  03:14:02.491 UTC  (Shenzhou-17)     UTC

 
2 China  Tang  Shengjie  Astronaut  Shenzhou-17  26.10.2023  03:14:02.491 UTC  (Shenzhou-17)     UTC

 
3 China  Jiang  Xinlin  Astronaut  Shenzhou-17  26.10.2023  03:14:02.491 UTC  (Shenzhou-17)     UTC

 
4 China      Astronaut  (Shenzhou-18)    UTC  (Shenzhou-18)    UTC    
5 China      Astronaut  (Shenzhou-18)    UTC  (Shenzhou-18)    UTC    
6 China      Astronaut  (Shenzhou-18)    UTC  (Shenzhou-18)    UTC    

Backup Crew

No. Nation Surname Given names Position
1 China      Commander
2 China      Astronaut
3 China      Astronaut
4 China      Astronaut
5 China      Astronaut
6 China      Astronaut

Expedition Report

Expedition 6 began with the undocking of Shenzhou-16.

Chinese astronauts Tang Hongbo and Tang Shengjie performed on December 21, 2023 their first spacewalk in Expedition 6 (7h 30m). The main task was a minor solar array repair due to damages caused by micro meteoroids and debris.

Tianzhou-6 has finally undocked from the Tiangong space station at 08:02 UTC on January 12, 2024.

China launched cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-7 on January 17, 2024, 14:27:30.728 UTC to deliver supplies for its orbiting Tiangong space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Tianzhou-7 carries spare parts & maintenance parts for space station equipment, scientific experiment payloads &propellant, living supplies, clothing & food for taikonauts. Nearly 90 kg fresh fruit are aboard the spacecraft. There are also some gift packages of festivals. The freighter docked only three hours later at 17:46 UTC with the space station Tiangong.

EVA data

  Name Start End Duration Mission Airlock Suit
EVA Tang Hongbo 21.12.2023, 06:05 UTC 21.12.2023, 13:35 UTC 7h 30m Shenzhou-17 Wentian Feitian-2 a (red)
EVA Tang Shengjie 21.12.2023, 06:05 UTC 21.12.2023, 13:35 UTC 7h 30m Shenzhou-17 Wentian Feitian-2 b (blue)
 

Photos

crew in training Tiangong seen from departing Shenzhou-16
life onboard Tiangong life onboard Tiangong
Shenzhou-17 life onboard Tiangong
life onboard Tiangong Earth observation
Earth observation life onboard Tiangong
Tianzhou-6 departure

EVA photos

 

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Last update on January 18, 2024.

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