China's Shenzhou-16 crewed spaceship ready for launch
Updated 22:52, 28-May-2023

China's Shenzhou-16 crewed spaceship is ready for launch after it completed a final rehearsal at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Sunday.

The vessel, the carrier rocket, and all systems and preparations at the launch center are ready, said the launch center.

Various inspections of the rocket and the spacecraft and pre-launch rehearsals have been conducted since the combination of the spaceship and a Long March-2F carrier rocket transferred to the launch center, said He Pengju, a senior engineer at the launch center.

He added that the preparations include sealing facilities on the launch tower to prevent sand and rainwater from entering the rocket. It is in accordance with the sandy environment of the Gobi Desert, where the launch center is located.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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