Inside China”s space base as mission blasts off

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Inside base as China mission blasts off

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Inside China”s space base as mission blasts off

17 October 2016 Last updated at 15:59 BST

The BBC”s Stephen McDonnell gets a rare glimpse inside China”s launch base as two astronauts blast off to spend 30 days in orbit in the Tiangong 2 space lab.

It will be the longest stay in space ever by Chinese astronauts, and is seen as a pointer to possible crewed missions to the Moon or Mars in future.