China becomes space exploration powerhouse as it blasts astronauts to lab in orbit


Two astronauts blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China on Monday and are heading to dock on the Tiangong 2 space lab.

The astronauts, Jing Haipeng, 49, and Chen Dong, 37, will spend 30 days in orbit as Chinese authorities look to test the experimental space station.

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