Chinese astronauts launch on month-long space mission

October 17, 2016 2:42 AM

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Two Chinese military pilots rode a Long March 2F rocket into orbit Sunday, heading for the Tiangong 2 research lab to conduct experiments and practice procedures to be used on China’s future space station.

Commander Jing Haipeng, a veteran of two previous space missions, and rookie flight engineer Chen Dong were fastened inside the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft for the 10-minute ride into orbit.

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