Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft re-docks with China Space Station
Updated 09:41, 06-Jun-2023

China's Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft successfully re-docked with the China Space Station at 3:10 a.m. on Tuesday after more than a month of independent flying, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMS). 

The Tianzhou-5 was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province on November 12, 2022, and completed fast automated rendezvous and docking with the space station. It had carried six months of supplies, including propellant, science facilities, cube satellite, hydrogen fuel cells as well as experiment payloads, for the Shenzhou-15 crew, which returned to Earth on Sunday.

The cargo spacecraft had separated from the orbiting combination of the space station on May 5 to leave room for its successor – the Tianzhou-6 – and switched to independent flight mode temporarily. It had been in orbit independently for 33 days before the re-docking. 

At present, the space station complex is in good condition, and various tasks will continue to be carried out as planned, according to the CMS.

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