On Monday, China launched its spacecraft carrying two astronauts – Jing Haipeng, 50, and Chen Dong, 37. This is the longest –ever manned space mission. The two of the astronauts were blasted off into space by Shenzhou-11 spacecraft at 7:30 am local time from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre near the Gobi Desert in northwest China.
Shenzhou-11 will dock with Tiangong-2, the orbiting space lab in 2 days. It is the first space mission for Chen Dong whereas Jing Haipeng is on his third spaceflight.
Zhang Youxia, commander-in-chief of China’s manned space program, declared this mission successful about 19 minutes after the blast-off. Moreover, several alterations were also made to Shenzhou-11.