Resident Crews of the Chinese Space Station Tiangong

Tiangong: Expedition 1

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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  Nie  Haisheng  Commander  Shenzhou-12  17.06.2021  01:22:31.693 UTC  Shenzhou-12  17.09.2021  05:34:09 UTC 92d 04h 11m 37s  1454 
2 China  Liu  Boming  Operator  Shenzhou-12  17.06.2021  01:22:31.693 UTC  Shenzhou-12  17.09.2021  05:34:09 UTC 92d 04h 11m 37s  1454 
3 China  Tang  Hongbo  Operator  Shenzhou-12  17.06.2021  01:22:31.693 UTC  Shenzhou-12  17.09.2021  05:34:09 UTC 92d 04h 11m 37s  1454 

Backup Crew

No. Nation Surname Given names Position
1 China  Zhai  Zhigang  Commander
2 China  Wang  Yaping  Operator
3 China  Ye  Guangfu  Operator

Expedition Report

Launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launching Center. Only seven hours later Shenzhou-12 docked with the Tianhe core module.

The first spacewalk was performed by Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo on July 04, 2021 (6h 46m). It was the second Chinese spacewalk. Wearing upgraded Chinese Feitian spacesuits, the two astronauts outfitted the space station with tools needed to support future activities. Liu Boming, initially working alone, attached a foot restraint and platform to the end of the station's 33-foot-long (10-meter) robotic arm and then mounted the arm himself. Shenzhou-12 commander Nie Haisheng then tested the arm's controls, moving Liu Boming from inside the Tianhe module. Tang Hongbo, tethered to the handrails running along the exterior of the space station, later joined Liu Boming in extending a panoramic camera (that was folded during the launch). They then continued working together to install other EVA equipment with the help of the robotic arm.

On August 20, 2021, the Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming carried out the second spacewalk (5h 55m) during the first expedition to the Tiangong space station. The astronauts exited the depressurized docking node of the Tianhe module, which is being used as an EVA airlock until the Wentian lab module, equipped with its own airlock for crewmembers, arrives in the spring of 2022. The main tasks were to further equip the space station. The objectives of this EVA were to raise another panoramic camera (panoramic camera D) and install some pumps on the exterior of Tianhe. It is thermal control pump as part of the Tiangong cooling system, which works on a similar principle to the one aboard the International Space Station. Since the spacecraft cannot effectively shed heat into the vacuum of space, these systems pump cooling fluid throughout the station. The pump will act as a backup for three others that are already on the station.
Finally, Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming finished installing additional foot restraints onto the station as well as a work platform on the station's robotic arm.

EVA data

  Name Start End Duration Mission Airlock Suit
EVA Liu Boming 04.07.2021, 00:11 UTC 04.07.2021, 06:57 UTC 6h 46m Shenzhou-12 Tianhe Feitian-2 No. ?
EVA Tang Hongbo 04.07.2021, 00:11 UTC 04.07.2021, 06:57 UTC 6h 46m Shenzhou-12 Tianhe Feitian-2 No. ?
 
EVA Nie Haisheng 20.08.2021, 00:38 UTC 20.08.2021, 06:33 UTC 5h 55m Shenzhou-12 Tianhe Feitian-2 No. ?
EVA Liu Boming 20.08.2021, 00:38 UTC 20.08.2021, 06:33 UTC 5h 55m Shenzhou-12 Tianhe Feitian-2 No. ?

Photos / Graphics

Shenzhou-12 rollout Shenzhou-12 rollout
Shenzhou-12 launch Shenzhou-12 launch
Shenzhou-12 launch
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life onboard Tiangong life onboard Tiangong
life onboard Tiangong Sleeping cabins on Tiangong
EVA on July 04, 2021 EVA on July 04, 2021
EVA on July 04, 2021 EVA on August 20, 2021
EVA on August 20, 2021 EVA on August 20, 2021
EVA on August 20, 2021 life onboard Tiangong
Parts of Tiangong Parts of Tiangong
Parts of Tiangong Sleeping cabin on Tiangong
Earth observation Earth observation
Earth observation Earth observation
Shenzhou-12 recovery Shenzhou-12 recovery

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Last update on September 17, 2021.

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