Shenzhou 11 was a crewed spaceflight of the Shenzhou program of China, launched on 17 October 2016 (16 October UTC) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. It was China's sixth crewed space mission. Two days after launch, it docked with the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, which had been launched on September 15, 2016.
|Operator||China National Space Administration (CNSA)|
|Mission duration||33 days|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||16 October 2016, 23:30 UTC|
|Rocket||Long March 2F|
|Launch site||Jiuquan LA-4/SLS|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||18 November 2016, 05:59 UTC|
|Landing site||Inner Mongolia|
|Docking with Tiangong-2|
|Docking date||18 October 2016 17:24 UTC|
|Undocking date||14 November 2016 4:41 UTC|
|Second crewmember||Chen Dong|
The mission selected two crew instead of three to extend supplies to increase mission length for their long duration stay.
The mission's main objective was to rendezvous and dock with the Tiangong-2 space laboratory and gain experience from a 30-day residence, and to test its life-support systems. The Tianzhou 1 cargo vehicle will also dock with the station to deliver supplies.
In the two days after the launch, it changed its orbit five times to arrive 52 kilometers behind the Tiangong-2 space lab. It autonomously rendezvoused and docked with Tiangong-2 at 3:24 p.m. EDT in October 18, 2016, while both spacecraft were at an altitude of 393 km (244 mi).
The crew landed successfully after the 33-day mission on 18 November 2016.The reentry module of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft landed in Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia around 2:15 pm (China time) after undocking from the space lab on 17 November.
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