China’s Shenzhou-10 mission sends astronauts to Tiangong-1 space lab – an annotated graphic

China’s latest manned space flight blasted off from the Gobi desert this morning, carrying three astronauts on a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab.

The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft launched from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province in China’s far west at 5:38pm (9.38am GMT), after the launch was announced by Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China’s manned space programme at a televised briefing yesterday.

E&T news covered China’s latest space adventures in detail earlier today. We keep a close eye on all space activity, including the latest from Japan on the innovative launch vehicle that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been developing.

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China's Shenzhou-10 mission
China’s Shenzhou-10 mission
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