Chinese manned space mission scheduled to launch on October 17

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For the actual mission, Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, 50, and 37-year-old Chen Dong will be transported into space aboard ‘Shenzhou-11’ (heavenly vessel) spacecraft at 7:30 am (5 am IST) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near the Gobi Desert in northern China. The mission will dock with orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 within two days and the astronauts will stay in the lab for 30 days. Some objectives of  this space mission include aerospace medical experiments, space science experiments and in-orbit maintenance with human participation. The two astronauts will also cultivate plants in space. China conducted its first manned space mission in 2003. Now, it also plans to launch its maiden Mars mission in 2020 pioneering in the space exploration.

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