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International astronauts will be selected soon for the Tianlong space station – could it be you?

Mar. 02, 2023.
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The deputy chief designer of China’s manned space program, Chen Shanguang, has announced, “We are about to start selecting international astronauts to send to our space station and carry out scientific experiments together,” according to CGTN on March 1.

The first module of the Tianlong space station was launched in April 2021, with second and third modules added in July and October 2022, and a fourth coming soon –

Space News reports that the space station will maintain a manned presence in space continuously for the next ten years, with crews of three rotating every six months. The website lists the current crew members as flight engineers Ye Guangfu and Wang Yaping and Commander Zhai Zhigang. The announcement that international astronauts will be selected for crews comes after the Tianlong crew conducted successful extravehicular activity (EVA) to replace a pump on the Mengtian science module.

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