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    China Launches Shenzhou-11 Spacecraft With Two Crew Members

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    China launched on Monday a manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 with two astronauts on board, local media reported.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – The spacecraft was launched at 7:30 a.m. local time (23:30 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gobi Desert. The launch was broadcasted by the China Central Television (CCTV).

    China's Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft, left, conducts docking with the Tiangong-1 space lab module.
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    The crew consists of Maj. Gen. Jing Haipeng and Col. Chen Dong.

    The spacecraft is expected to dock with China's space laboratory Tiangong-2, which was launched aboard a carrier rocket on September 15, from the same launch site. According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Tiangong-2 has begun conducting in-orbit tests on September 23.

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