Cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-2
5月29日晚，我国在海南文昌航天发射场准时点火发射天舟二号货运飞船。这是空间站货物运输系统的第一次应用性飞行。新华社记者 琚振华 摄
Tianzhou 2, a cargo spacecraft launched on Saturday evening, docked with Tianhe－the recently deployed core module of the country's permanent space station — early on Sunday morning, according to the China Manned Space Agency. A Long March 7 rocket, carrying Tianzhou 2, blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan at 8:55 pm on Saturday. After entering orbit, the craft began to execute rapid autonomous rendezvous and docking procedures, which lasted about eight hours, the agency said in a statement. Tianzhou 2 successfully docked with Tianhe's rear hatch at 5:01 am. Next, it is programmed to conduct autonomous refueling operations and carry out some equipment tests, according to the statement. When astronauts from the Shenzhou XII spacecraft board Tianhe in the near future, they will gradually move living materials and mission payloads from Tianzhou 2 to the core module.