SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China launched its longest manned space mission on Monday, sending two astronauts into orbit to spend a month aboard an space laboratory that is part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022.
The Shenzhou 11 blasted off on a Long March rocket at 7:30 am (07:30 p.m. EDT) from the remote launch site in Jiuquan, in the Gobi desert, in images carried live on state television.
The astronauts will dock with the Tiangong 2 space laboratory, or "Heavenly Palace 2", which was sent into space last month. It will be the longest stay in space by Chinese astronauts, state media reported.
Yuengling38 minutes ago
Do they have gender neutral restrooms there like in American schools?
Wake Upnow2 hours ago
don't hear too much of their station now do you?
Fairer3 hours ago
Jack17 minutes ago
No doubt much of the research they will do in orbit is military related.
Deathwind172 hours ago
Thank you, Walmart shoppers
deadmau5Fan1 hour ago
China still has about 50 years to catch up with US and Russian accomplishments in space
Bruce2 hours ago
China using it's own rockets? Most people who seen the U.S. go to the moon are retired citizens now... Russia will go off on it's own or maybe join with China. Any Astronauts left alive that went to the moon? Just saying.
fuka1 hour ago
China is making steady progress in their manned space program. Well done!
Badone2 hours ago
While the United States is constantly being diverted from accomplishing anything in space the Chinese are moving in leaps and bounds. The U.S has been at this since the 1950's and because of political or military situations our space priority has dropped as a significant objective. The future will show us how much we have dropped the ball and allowed other nations, especially China to catch up and even surpass us. Great work guys
Hypnagogic Jerk1 hour ago
A sobering thought... Everything on that spacecraft was made in China by the lowest bidder.
PappyStu1 hour ago
Good Luck, Gentlemen
Dean4 hours ago
I personally think it is fantastic that another nation has moved into space....especially at such a rapid pace.