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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Space Mission: China's Shenzhou 11 blasts off on space



China has launched Shenzhou 11,  carrying two men into orbit as part of its effort to develop its ability in space exploration.
The astronauts took off from the Jiuquan satelite launch centre in northern China.


They will dock with the experimental Tiangong 2 space lab and spend 30 days there, the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts.
This and previous launches are seen as pointers to possible crewed missions to the Moon or Mars.
An earlier Tiangong - or Heavenly Palace - space station was decommissioned earlier this year after docking with three rockets.
The astronauts on this latest mission were Jing Haipeng, 49, who has already been to space twice, and 37-year-old Chen Dong.

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