A) Yes, astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo will remain in orbit for three months docked in the Tianhe module, which in turn is connected to the cargo ship Tianzhou-2, which contains provisions, suits, equipment and fuel, among other materials.

Astronaut Nie Haisheng already participated in the Shenzhou-6 mission in 2005 and Shenzhou-10 in 2013, while for Liu Boming it is his second space flight after participating in the Shenzhou-7 mission in 2008. It is, instead, the first mission of its kind for the third astronaut, Tang Hongbo.

Your goal is “verify the main technologies to build and operate the Tiangong station“explained Ji Qiming, deputy director of CMSA, the Chinese agency dedicated to manned space missions, quoted by local press.

Among other tasks, the astronauts will have to check the oxygen recycling systems and other means of life support found in the Tianhe module.

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