China Launches Manned Mission To Test Space Station

Two Chinese astronauts lifted off for the longest manned mission in the history of China’s space program - a full month.

The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft blasted toward on October 16 and is expected to dock with the Tiangong-2 space station in two days to start a 30-day mission conducting experiments and testing the station’s systems.

“The rocket is flying according to its original plan and the Shenzhou spacecraft has entered into its preliminary orbit,” said Gen. Zhang Youxia, chief commander of China’s human space program. “The solar panel has been unfolded and the crew is in great condition. Hereby I announce the launch of Shenzhou-11 is a complete success.”