A gi­ant leap for China

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Two Chi­nese as­tro­nauts en­tered the coun­try’s or­bit­ing space sta­tion for a month-long stay, as the coun­try’s sixth and long­est crewed mis­sion gets un­der way in earnest. The Shen­zhou 11 space­craft that blasted off on Mon­day docked with the Tian­gong 2 sta­tion us­ing an au­to­mated ma­noeu­vre worked out dur­ing mis­sions to an ear­lier ex­per­i­men­tal sta­tion. Com­man­der Jing Haipeng opened the hatch and en­tered the sta­tion shortly af­ter 6am Bei­jing time, fol­lowed by as­tro­naut Chen Dong, who is mak­ing his first jour­ney into space, the of­fi­cial Xinhua News Agency re­ported. “The two as­tro­nauts ex­tended greetings and checked the sta­tus of the space com­plex,” Xinhua said.

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