Tiangong 1 and 2

Author(s): Thomas Tarrants (Sirius_Alpha) DaveBowman2001

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Tiangong 1 and Tiangong 2 were the first space stations operated by China. Like the Salyut series before Mir, they served as testbeds for the modular space station simply named Tiangong, which was launched in 2021. Three Shenzhou missions were launched to Tiangong 1, while one Shenzhou mission was conducted on Tiangong 2 for 33 days. The two stations operated from 2011 to 2019

Project 921-2
(2011-2019)
Mission Destination Start End
Date Time (UTC) Date Time (UTC)
Tiangong 1 - 2011-Sep-2913:16:042018-Apr-0200:16:00
Shenzhou 8 Tiangong 1 2011-Nov-0217:28:002011-Nov-1610:30:00
Shenzhou 9 Tiangong 1 2012-Jun-1806:07:002012-Jun-2801:28:00
Shenzhou 10 Tiangong 1 2013-Jun-1305:11:002013-Jun-2500:07:00
Tiangong 2 - 2016-Sep-1522:04:092019-Jul-1914:00:00
Shenzhou 11 Tiangong 2 2016-Oct-1817:24:002016-Nov-1404:41:00
Tianzhou 1 Tiangong 2 2017-Apr-2204:23:002017-Sep-1208:15:00
Timeline of every Tiangong/Shenzhou flight as part of the second phase of Project 921

The launch of Tiangong 1 (2011, left) and Tiangong 2 (2016, right)

The launch of China's first space station crews, 2011 to 2016

Tiangong 1 during the live broadcast of Shenzhou 9's docking, June 2012

The first female taikonauts in space, Liu Yang (2012, left) and Wang Yaping (2013, right) aboard Tiangong 1

Tiangong 2 imaged by the BanXing-2 microsatellite, October 2016

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