The 1st Space Docking between Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong 1 更多

China accomplishes first space docking

Two Chinese spacecraft accomplished the country´s first space docking procedure on Nov. 3, 2011, silently coupling in space more than 343 km above Earth´s surface.

The 2nd Space Docking between Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong 1

China´s 2nd space docking successful

China´s Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft re-docked successfully with the Tiangong-1, a module of the country´s planned space lab, Monday evening, according to the mission´s control center.

Tiangong I - China's First Space Lab 更多

[Aims] Master the technologies of space rendezvous and docking and accumulate the experience for construction, management and operation of space station

[Series Tasks] Complete space rendezvous and docking with Shenzhou VIII, Shenzhou IX and Shenzhou X spaceships respectively

[Time Scheduled] Within 2 years after its launch

[Significance] Mark China´s success in building up rudiment of its space station

China future 更多


1. 60-ton space station is rather small compared to the International Space Station (419 tons), and Russia´s Mir Space Station (137 tons)
2. World´s third multi-module space station
3. A cargo spaceship will be launched to transport supplies and lab facilities to the space station

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Sleep in ISS

A crewmember can sleep in a crew quarter in a tethered sleeping bag, listen to music, use a laptop, and store personal items in a large drawer or in nets attached to the module´s walls.

Exercise in ISS

Astronaut Frank De Winne is attached to the TVIS treadmill with bungee cords aboard the International Space Station.

Food and drink in ISS

Drinks and soups are sipped from plastic bags with straws, while solid food is eaten with a knife and fork, which are attached to a tray with magnets to prevent them from floating away.

Observe the Earth in ISS

Tracy Caldwell-Dyson in the Cupola, observing the Earth below, during Expedition 24.