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

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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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