China announces Shenzhou-14 crew: Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe

One day before the launch of Shenzhou-14, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced astronauts to fly on the mission in a pre-launch press conference on June 04. Astronaut CHEN Dong will serve as the commander of the mission. LIU Yang, China's first female astronaut, will be the co-pilot. CAI Xuzhe, will be the other co-pilot of the 3-person crew. The crews of Shenzhou-12 to -15 have been decided in late 2019. But the names are kept from the public until the last day before launch. Shenzhou-14 crew: Cai Xuzhe, Chen Dong (commander), Liu Yang (credit: CMSA) The Shenzhou-14 spacecraft to carry the crew has been integrated with the Long March 2F Y14 rocket and rolled out to the launch pad on last Friday. The launch expected to happen on June 05 is a key mission following CMSA's review of verification of key technologies to build the China Space Station in April. Two laboratory modules: Wentian and Mengtian, to be launched in July and October, respectively, will be assembled w

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