China launches manned space­craft

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China launched the Shen­zhou XI manned space­craft on Monday morn­ing to trans­port two as­tro­nauts — 49-year-old Jing Haipeng and 37-year-old Chen Dong — to the Tian­gong II space lab­o­ra­tory.

The core tasks of the Shen­zhou XI mis­sion are to test ren­dezvous and dock­ing tech­nolo­gies for the coun­try’s planned space station, to ver­ify the life-sup­port ca­pa­bil­ity of the space­craft-space lab com­bi­na­tion as well as con­duct sci­en­tific re­search and test en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­i­ments, ac­cord­ing to Wu Ping, deputy di­rec­tor of the China Manned Space Agency.

China is the third coun­try in the world that has in­de­pen­dently ful­filled manned space­flight fol­low­ing the for­mer Soviet Union and the US. (Photo 1)

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