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See-off ceremony held for Chinese astronauts of Shenzhou-12 mission

Updated: Jun 17,2021 08:55    Xinhua
Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo attend a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, June 17, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

JIUQUAN — A see-off ceremony for three Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission was held on the morning of June 17 at the Wentiange square of Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China.

At the command of Li Shangfu, commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo set out at 6:32 am, to be the first Chinese astronauts to live and work in the country's space station currently under construction.

The Shenzhou-12 spaceship is expected to be launched at 9:22 am on June 17 (Beijing Time) and the crew will stay in orbit for three months for the construction of China's space station.

Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo attend a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, June 17, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave during a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, June 17, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
Astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo attend a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, June 17, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
Astronauts Nie Haisheng (R), Liu Boming (C) and Tang Hongbo wave during a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, June 17, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
Astronauts Nie Haisheng (R), Liu Boming (C) and Tang Hongbo wave during a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, June 17, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
Astronauts Nie Haisheng (R), Liu Boming (C) and Tang Hongbo wave during a see-off ceremony for Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, June 17, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

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