Launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launching
Center; landing in Inner Mongolia; fourth Chinese manned spaceflight.
Following a two days solo flight Shenzhou IX docked automatic with the
Chinese space station Tiangong-1
. Two hours later the crew entered the
station for the first time.
On June 24, 2012 the astronauts temporarily
departed their quarters inside the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab, backing away
inside a Shenzhou spacecraft before pilot
Wang took control of the capsule to complete the first manual docking in
China's burgeoning space program. Docking occurred at 04:48