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China sends first two astronauts to live onboard its Tiangong 2 space station

The Shenzhou 11 astronauts will spend 30 days in space testing the station in preparation for the start of full operations in 2022 China has sent two astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations in six years. The Shenzhou 11 mission took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China at 7:30am (2330 GMT) aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket.
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