China launches manned space mission

The Xinhua news agency hailed the triumph of three Communists in space after China successfully launched its fifth manned spacecraft late on Tuesday, sending three astronauts into orbit on the country’s longest space trip. A Long March 2F rocket carrying three astronauts, or taikonauts as they are known in China, aboard the Shenzhou 10 astronaut capsule, lifted off as scheduled at 5.38pm on Tuesday.

China has launched 10 astronauts and six spacecraft into space in less than a decade and space travel is central to its ambitions to make the early 21st century an age of space discovery and development.

Posted by Daniel Craig

China launches manned space mission

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