China to launch manned space­craft

The Myanmar Times - - World -

China will launch a manned space mis­sion to­day, of­fi­cial me­dia said, as the Asian gi­ant works to­ward set­ting up its own space sta­tion. Chi­nese as­tro­nauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong will be on board the Shen­zhou-11 space­craft as it blasts off from the Ji­uquan Satel­lite Launch Cen­tre in the Gobi desert, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency re­ported. They will ar­rive at China’s or­bit­ing space lab Tian­gong-2 within two days and stay for 30 more be­fore re­turn­ing to earth.

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