Tianzhou-5 cargo ship separates from China Space Station for reentry
Updated 18:25, 11-Sep-2023

China's Tianzhou-5 cargo craft separated from the orbiting space station combination at 4:46 p.m. on Monday (Beijing Time) and switched to independent flight after completing all assigned tasks, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

The ship will conduct a controlled reentry into the Earth's atmosphere on Tuesday, during which most parts of the ship will burn out.

The rest of the ship will fall into a designated safe zone in the southern Pacific Ocean.

Launched in November 2022, the ship carried supplies for the Shenzhou-15 manned mission to the China Space Station. The payload also included equipment for scientific research.

The Tianzhou-5 also separated from the space station on May 5, 2023 and re-docked 33 days later as a technical verification process.

(Cover: A 3D simulation image of the Tianzhou-5 cargo ship. /CMSA)

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