China launches second crewed mission to build space station

Shenzhou-13 is the second of four crewed missions intended to complete construction of the space station by end of 2022.

China on Saturday launched a rocket carrying three astronauts, including one woman, to the core module of a future space station where they will live and work for six months, the longest-ever duration in orbit for Chinese astronauts.

A Long March-2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft, which means ‘Divine Vessel’ in Chinese, blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu at 12:23a.m. Beijing time (1623 GMT).

Shenzhou-13 is the second of four crewed missions intended to complete construction of the space station by the end of 2022.

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