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China’s Shenzhou 11 ascends for space mission

First Posted: Oct 17, 2016 05:47 AM EDT
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Two Chinese astronauts took off on a project to develop the ability to explore space. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft blasted off from the Jiuquan satellite launch center. The astronauts were Chen 38, and Jing, 50.

The mission is said to carry out experiments after the spacecraft docks with the orbiting lab, the astronauts will stay in the Tiangong- 2 space lab for 30 days to carry out these experiments as per The Guardian.

It is the third space mission for astronaut Jing and the first for Chen, this mission is said to have the longest stay for in space by Chinese astronauts. According to BBC it will take the astronauts two days to reach the orbiting laboratory where they will live for a month.

There are experiments that will be carried out by the astronauts on board like an examination of plant growth in space; they will also be testing their own bodies using ultrasound equipment. 

Earlier before the mission Mr. Jin said that it is certain the mission will bear some pressure, as for China their annual estimated annual spending on space programs are approximately $2.2 billion.  

The mission will surely help China to take larger steps in their future for space exploration, and it is sure to make new contributions.

China had even allowed the foreign media into its military base to watch its launch; it is a source of pride for the nation. China takes the third spot after USA and Russia to carry out its own crewed missions.

The country has been excluded from the International Space Stations since they have created their own space station.  It was in 2003 when China launched their first crewed space mission.

The Tiangong - 1 seems to return back to earth in 2017.  It is going to be a long month for the astronauts in space but surely a moment of pride and honor for their country. 

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