China has launched a pair of astronauts into space on Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station. The station is said to remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the assembly of a full facility six years from now.

The Shenzhou-11 mission took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China at 7:30 a.m. ET aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket.


It will dock with the Tiangong 2 space station precursor facility within two days, conduct experiments in medicine and various space-related technologies, and test systems and processes as part of of preparations for the country to establish its own modular space station in orbit,  in preparation for the launching of the station’s core module in 2018.


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