China sends three astronauts into orbit to occupy its new space station.

The three men – Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo – are to spend three months aboard the Tianhe module some 380km (236 miles) above the Earth.

It will be China’s longest crewed space mission to date and the first in nearly five years.

The crew successfully docked with the space station just over seven hours after the launch.

The moment of contact was met with applause from mission control in China.

Their Shenzhou-12 capsule took off atop its Long March 2F rocket on Thursday.

Lift-off from the Jiuquan satellite launch centre in the Gobi desert was at 09:22 Beijing time (01:22 GMT).

The launch and subsequent mission are another demonstration of China’s growing confidence and capability in the space domain.

In the past six months, the country has returned rock and soil samples to Earth from the surface of the Moon, and landed a six-wheeled robot on Mars – both highly complex and challenging endeavours.

The primary objective for Commander Nie Haisheng and his team on the Shenzhou-12 mission is to bring the 22.5-tonne Tianhe module into service.

“I have a lot of expectations,” Mr Nie said ahead of the launch.

“We need to set up our new home in space and test a series of new technologies. So, the mission is tough and challenging. I believe with the three of us working closely together, doing thorough and accurate operations, we can overcome our challenges. We have the confidence to complete the mission.”

This 16.6m-long, 4.2m-wide Tianhe cylinder was launched in April.

It is the first and core component in what will eventually be a near 70-tonne orbiting outpost, comprising living quarters, science labs and even a Hubble-class telescope to view the cosmos.

The various elements will be launched in turn over the course of the next couple of years. The construction will be accompanied by regular cargo deliveries, as well as crew expeditions.

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  1. Viewsexpressed
    June 21, 2021

    Vere Tere, Your Blatant thoughts is really out of context. What are you really trying to say to us. Please comprehend meaningfully and professionally and not pen thoughts halfway in your script that we are unable to understand and analyse the bigger story that you are trying hard to share with us. Please comprehend the bigger picture first and research your thoughts early before you pen this Message that we all must comprehend to understand that bigger picture.
    As a reader, yes we always form our own opinions through reserach, reading and gathering logical messages that our readers are best to comprehend and Read.
    Blessings All.

  2. Viewsexpressed
    June 19, 2021

    I strongly concur with you “Man Bites Dog”. These is a despicable thought from this so Called Vere Tere Nonsensical ridiculous thoughts of his. Some Clowns🤡 just pen rubbish without reseraching the Concept of the bigger pictures. Be advised that China, Iran and other Dictatorial Presidents are one Person leadership who stay in power for years under the loyalty of its people who themselves and their families and children and farmers are Suffering under these Brutal inhuman Rich African (?) Presidents who use and abuse their respective States Finances of their countries and the travel the world while our people suffer in poverty aiming for a better life they need for their children and Families. It’s time that these Deceptive Rich African Leaders should be shameful of their behaviour while our Poor African Children and Family suffer under these do called Deceptive, Failed, Incompetent, Irrelevant Visionless WICKED Brutal African so
    called GOVERNMENT Presidents while people…

  3. Ganja
    June 18, 2021

    While American banning Huawei and their 5G…Chinese beating them technically all how….Chinese are like ants ….ants always fine a way to enter your house 😀…i like their move…American and English too laid back….a mater of fact they are the one really spending money here….

  4. A voice
    June 18, 2021

    Is it because you haven’t heard/seen it on U.S main stream media? I don’t like what they doing in Africa and that must stop, but so do Britain, the U.S and France using their puppets to rip-off Africa with impunity, and that too must stop. After all they are people too. Anyway DNO, just keep on giving us the news as always.

    • Viewsexpressed
      June 19, 2021

      I appreciate your thoughts and concerns, however for over 30Years these African County and their their so called Overstayed, oversized, Incompetent Leaders referred to as so called Presidents who are mainly Presidents of all these Nations and life by a joyous life, travel nicely on respective individual States limited Funds where as the same time our African Families and People are in Deep Poverty, live in inhabitable Inhuman environment and these African Leaders appears to so corrupted with the abuse of their respective African Countries Finances and resources. Why would these African Countries be in poverty with all of these resources they own does not elevate them from this on going African Corrupted President’s obnoxious behaviour insulting their own African People while it is alleged that these corrupted deceitfulness Presidents invest states funds in their overseas Bank Accounts. How shameful and who is able in Africa to stop this on-going Deception of Poor Peoples’ Money💰🤑.

      • A voice
        June 22, 2021

        Don’t ask me, ask presidents of France, U.S, Britain that put them there for the sole purpose of ripping their resources and got you on automatic saying this. You may also ask the vPM of Italy who told French president Macron that France needs to stop ripping off the 14 president they control in Africa making the countries poor by taking seizing U.S.$500 billion annually + 85% of their reserves to finance French public debt. And, if they ‘need’ any they must apply and only get 15% “if they qualify”. You know it’s all done at gun point. Those who refuse, get among other things, cement poured into their sewage systems like they did Guinea and Mali to force the other 12 to sign on. (Youtube Dr. Arijana Quau on France) DNO provided a link to the story a while back, that’s how I found out. Any questions ask the vice PM of Italy (or Youtube “France Never Stopped Colonizing Africa). And you’ll hear this again if you refuse to research, find truth and stop wearing blinders in this…

        • A voice
          June 22, 2021

          We may also YouTube the docu “Confessions Of An Economic Hitman” if we can’t afford to buy all the books. Info is out there. At least try! :-x

  5. Bwa-Banday
    June 18, 2021

    Wooowhooooo! Our beloved mother country send thre men into space yet we are still waiting for Stee-MUE-loss package from for allegedly unleashing a pandemic called Covid-19 on us. Oh wow! Let us keep our fingers crossed because just maybe they will bring back money from space for us to share among ourselves.

    Meanwhile, China continues to violate Taiwan’s airspace daily with heavy bombers and fighter jets and overfish its neighbors and African waters where they have diplomatic missions with impunity. Since we don’t have the capability to monitor our maritime borders, can Mr. Skerrit tell us if he has given them authority to deplete our fish resources? Are Chinese trawlers in our waters off Bird Island decimating what is rightfully ours like Venezuela is doing with our oil and gas?

    • Viewsexpressed
      June 19, 2021

      The WICKED One Man CHINESE LEADERSHIP Government is an Exceptional Brutal, Atheistic UnGodly, Shameful functioning INHUMAN MILITARY Outdated WICKED Government. This Chinese Government are not Humane, but wholly atheistic in nature and cares NOT for our people all over the world.
      The CHINESE Government deliberately have now sent it’s people to Space. Upon their return, what will be the difference, what can This Ungodly do to make as Difference to our People and out respective Country, including BRUTALIZE CHINA and its despicable Feared Inhuman Chinese Leadership and Brutal Communistic Government.
      It’s either China conducts it’s self admirable or that it get the Hell out of our Struggling people.
      My people, and our innocent Chinese people under the Bondage of this Corrupted Insulting Inhuman behaviour Chinese Government and Leadership.Hofs Blessings. We will continue to Pray 🙏 for all of our people in need, and NOT under Fake. We desperately need decency in politics good…

    • Viewsexpressed
      June 20, 2021

      China is an the obvious Failed Country with a Very Highly incompetent Decent leadership and Government and its incompetent leadership and Management under this Failed Vicious and BRUTALITY of its own Peoples’.
      CHINA feels Now that it is recognised as this formidable decent Government? This is wholly False and a political Communistic Pretence Brutal inhuman Communist CHINESE Government, but we all know that over the years that the Brutal Leadership of China has to locked 🔐 and imprisoned it’s own People who wish to have this Democratic Rights to feel that they are Chinese and NOT prisoners in their own country. Mr. Premier of CHINA, you and your Failed BRUTAL CHINESE INHUMAN Communistic Pretence Government MUST on behalf of the people that YOU Mr. Brutal Chinese Premier must recognised the ” Fundamental Rights and Freedom of all People’s around the World in need of their personal independence, Employment and to be sufficiently independent to SPEAK OUT openly our FUNDAMENTAL…

  6. Gone are the days
    June 18, 2021

    Oh that’s good balance, someone had to keep Europeans and U.S on their toes. Either way, all eyes on Africa for gold, diamonds and other resources no one else has. So we ain’t getting our homeland back any time soon.

    • June 18, 2021

      The Chinese are now doing what the U.S. and Russia were doing in the ’70s, so I’m not sure that counts as “keeping them on their toes.”

      But I agree with you that Africans should resist ALL oppressors and exploiters, whether from the West, the East, or their own politicians.

      • Gone are the days
        June 18, 2021

        I hear you, except they don’t have their own politicians, never did, ever since the days of Yaa Asantiwa. They’re mostly place-holders serving at whim of the west, then any Lumumba or Nirere emerges they’re taken out, killed in a coup orchestrated by the west, always.

        • Annon
          June 20, 2021

          Aha I see it’s no wonder we have been hearing of one coup after another from the 60’s to today that they have us blame on the Africans themselves. :twisted:

    • Bwa-Banday
      June 18, 2021

      This just shows how far back the Chinese are….however I applaud them for persistence even if you can’t trust them. Oh and by the way they generally view the black people as the inferior race.

  7. VereTere
    June 18, 2021

    Isn’t it almost unbelievable that DNO sees fit to publish this shameless pice of Chinese propaganda. Does DNO see fit to report about the Chinese government constant breach of human rights or the ongoing aggression in the South China Sea? How much did Skerrit or the Chinese embassy pay you for this, DNO? I am ashamed of having been a reader of DNO in the past but I promise you all, not again. I am disgusted!

    ADMIN: We were paid nothing, in fact, we do not accept payment to publish news in general.

    This is international news had it been any other country ,once it came to our attention, we would have published the story as well.

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