3 astronauts arrived at China's new space station, which it's building as it's banned from the International Space Station
Astronauts Ye Guangfu, Zhai Zhigang, and Wang Yaping wave during a pre-launch ceremony. REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Three Chinese astronauts have arrived at the space station that China is building.
You will be staying for six months to help set up the station as China is excluded from the ISS.
China expects to complete its space station by the end of 2022.
Three Chinese astronauts have arrived on China's new space station for a six-month mission.
They arrived on the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft on Saturday morning, the China Manned Space Agency said. It was said that the crew were "in good condition and the start is a complete success".
China, which is excluded from the International Space Station, is now building its own, which should be completed by the end of 2022.
The crew, Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guanfu, are scheduled to stay for six months, the longest mission to date, and will help with the construction.
Three Chinese astronauts returned from the station in September after a three-month mission. It was the first crew to fly to and from the station.
China plans to build a 66-ton Chinese space station called Tiangong, Insider's Morgan McFall-Johnsen previously reported.
Chinese astronauts were banned from the International Space Station (ISS) by US lawmakers in 2011. The aging ISS could be out of service in the 2030s.
The China Manned Space Agency said the crew would "perform tasks such as arm mechanical operations, off-vehicle activities and module transfer to further review a number of key technologies such as long-term space residence, resource recycling and life support for" Astronauts. "
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