Chinese spacecraft "Shenzhou-10" launch planned for summer 2013

10 November 2012

MINSK (BelTA) - The launch of the Chinese spacecraft "Shenzhou-10" is scheduled for early June 2013, BelTA learnt from the Embassy of China in Belarus with a reference to a delegate of the 18th Party Congress, the deputy commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Niu Hongguang.

The crew of "Shenzhou-10", as in the "Shenzhou-9", might include three cosmonauts - two men and one woman. During space flight, which will last 15 days, they will make dockings with the space module "Tiangong-1" and also conduct scientific experiments in the laboratory module.

After the flight of "Shenzhou-10" Chinese manned flights program will enter a new phase, whose main objective will be the creation of a space laboratory and space orbital station.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus