Chinese astronauts enter Space lab

Beijing: China announced on Wednesday that the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft that blasted off on Monday had docked with the orbiting space lab Tiangong-2. The spacecraft carried two astronauts who will spend a month in the space lab and carry out various experiments. The event was telecast live by the China Central Television. Shenzhou-11 is China’s sixth manned spacecraft and the country’s longest-ever space mission.

The space lab, launched on September 15, is part of Chinese efforts to set up  own manned space station by 2022. If it succeeds, it will be the only facility in space as the present  International Space Station will go out of service by 2024.

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