China on Monday launched a spacecraft carrying two astronauts which make them a step closer to their dream project which is to establish its permanent space station by 2022.
China manages to maintain in its longest-ever manned space mission, who would later join its second experimental space lab orbiting the Earth.
Jing Haipeng, 50, and Chen Dong, 37 the two Chinese astronauts were fired off into space by Shenzhou-11 (heavenly vessel) spacecraft at 7:30 am local time (5 am IST) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre near the Gobi Desert in northern China. The launch was telecasted live by the state-run ChinaCentral Television (CCTV).
Centre near the Gobi Desert in northern China. The launch was telecasted live by the state-run ChinaCentral Television (CCTV).
Hours before the lift-off, the two astronauts appeared in good spirits and answered several questions.
“Although the job is challenging, risky and dangerous, there is nothing more I would rather do,” Jing, who is commander of this mission said
It will be Jing’s third spaceflight following his Shenzhou-7 mission in September 2008 and Shenzhou-9 mission in March 2012.
“(For this mission) we have improved our ability to deal with emergencies, first aid and space experiments,” Jing said.
“I will treasure every moment in space and ensure I record my experience in my diary and enjoy the out-of-this- world scenery,” Chen said.
China claims that this space program will be peaceful purposes. The spaceship will return to Earth within a day.