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China launches its longest-ever crewed mission for space station construction

N.C.N. Limited 徽标 N.C.N. Limited 2021/10/15 Li Mi,Liu Xin,Hu Tao
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A see-off ceremony for three Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-13 crewed space mission is held at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Oct. 15, 2021. Chinese astronauts Zhai Zhigang (L), Wang Yaping (C), and Ye Guangfu will stay in space for about six months. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

JIUQUAN, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday launched the crewed spaceship Shenzhou-13, sending three astronauts to its space station core module Tianhe for a six-month mission.

The astronauts are expected to set a new record for China's manned space mission duration, exceeding the 90 days kept by the Shenzhou-12 crew from June to September this year.

The spaceship, atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert, according to the China Manned Space Agency. 

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