The Shenzhou-13 astronauts aboard China's space station will begin preparations for their return to earth next week.
Astronaut Wang Yaping, who is still on a space mission, played a song entitled “Molihua" (Jasmine) with a guzheng and sent holiday blessings from the space station.
A press conference on China's Shenzhou-13 spaceflight mission was held at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Thursday afternoon, unveiling information about the crew for this space station mission.
On July 4th, after about 7 hours, Shenzhou-12 taikonauts worked closely together and successfully completed all the scheduled tasks during their extravehicular activities.
China’s cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-2 successfully docked with the space station’s key module Tianhe on Sunday, paving the way for a three-man crew of astronauts to board the station in June, according to state media.
China has selected a new group of 18 reserve astronauts for its manned space program as it enters the mission preparation stage, China’s state media Xinhua said.