China launches longest manned space mission, aims to explore ‘more deeply and more broadly’

October 17, 2016 9:42 AM

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China launches longest manned space mission, aims to explore ‘more deeply and more broadly’

BEIJING — China’s march into space took another step forward Monday, as two astronauts embarked on the nation’s longest manned mission.

The pair aim to dock with an orbiting space lab and remain aboard for 30 days, a crucial step in China’s plans to operate its own space station by 2022, and part of a much broader space program that has ambitions to put astronauts back on the moon and land an unmanned rover on Mars.

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