China launches manned space mission
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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