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China’s cargo spacecraft completes second docking with space lab

Updated: Jun 19,2017 4:56 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft completed its second docking with Tiangong-2 space lab at 2:55 pm on June 19, after flying around the space lab.

Tianzhou-1 separated from Tiangong-2 on June 19 morning and then flew around the space lab, according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office.

Tianzhou-1, China’s first cargo spacecraft, was launched on April 20 from south China’s Hainan province, and it completed automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab on April 22.

The two spacecraft completed their first in-orbit refueling on April 27 and their second in-orbit refueling on June 15.