China launches manned space mission



    China launches manned space mission Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft carrying astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong blasts off from the launchpad in Jiuquan, China, October 17, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

    Oct 16, Beijing: China has launched its longest manned space mission on Monday, for scientific purposes and is part of a broader plan  to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022.

    The rocket, Shenzhou 11 took off at 7:30 am (2330 GMT) from the launch site in Jiuquan, in the Gobi desert. According to the Chinese authorities the  astronauts will dock onto the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which was sent into space last month and will spend a month onboard the space laboratory.

    The astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong have gone through rigorous training, discreet preparation, for the mission according to local media reports and are expected to retun triumphant in this feat.

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