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The Manned Space Agency of China has announced that the nation will launch its first civilian astronaut into orbit on Tuesday as part of a crewed mission to the Tiangong space station.
According to Lin Xiqiang, spokesperson for the China Manned Space Agency, “payload expert Gui Haichao is a professor at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.”
The People’s Liberation Army has up till now sent all Chinese astronauts into space.
The on-orbit operation of space research experimental payloads will be Gui’s primary responsibility, according to Lin.
Jing Haipeng serves as the mission’s commander, and Zhu Yangzhu is the third crew member.
The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China will be the launch site for them on Tuesday at 9.31 a.m. (0131 GMT), according to the Manned Space Agency.
China’s “space dream” has been given high priority under President Xi Jinping.
The country with the second-largest economy in the world has poured billions of dollars on its military-run space project in the hopes of one day putting people on the moon.
After years of lagging behind Russia and the United States in achieving their objectives, Beijing is now attempting to catch up.
China also has plans to establish a facility on the moon, and according to the National Space Administration, it hopes to send a crewed trip there by 2029.