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First Manned Chinese Spaceship Launch in Five Years

© AFP 2022 / GREG BAKERA staff member of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre wears the logo of China's new space station during a press conference about the first crewed mission to the station, scheduled for June 17, at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert in northwest China on June 16, 2021.
A staff member of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre wears the logo of China's new space station during a press conference about the first crewed mission to the station, scheduled for June 17, at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert in northwest China on June 16, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.06.2021
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The launch marks the first such Chinese event since September 2016, when space lab Tiangong 2 was placed into orbit, with the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft later delivering two astronauts.

The Shenzhou-12 manned spaceship is being launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Thursday, and is expected to carry three astronauts into orbit.

The crew is set to participate in the construction of a new Chinese space station - an endeavour reportedly slated to be completed by the end of 2022. The astronauts are expected to stay in orbit for three months. 

This is China's first manned spaceship mission in five years.

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