The Tianzhou-6 cargo spacecraft, tasked with transporting supplies to China’s space station, separated from the station on Friday and switched to an independent route. The equipment will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in a controlled manner in the future.

Most of its components will burn and be destroyed during the process, while a small amount of debris will fall into safe waters in the South Pacific, it said. Launched in May 2023, Tianzhou-6 has a capacity to carry around 7 tons, making it the world’s largest cargo spacecraft in service.

According to the China Manned Space Agency, last month, Tianzhou-7, the spacecraft for the country’s next space cargo mission, was transported to the launch field in the country’s southern Hainan Province. Along with its carrier rocket, the cargo spacecraft underwent assembly and testing to prepare for launch as planned.


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