China launched its latest manned space flight mission Tuesday, with a three-astronaut crew blasting off from a base in Inner Mongolia.
The mission, designated Shenzhou-10, is the latest step in Beijing’s plan to eventually install a permanently manned space station above the earth, the BBC reported Tuesday
The mission commander, Nie Haisheng, and crew members Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping, plan to spend approximately 13 days in the orbiting space laboratory.
Wang — the nation’s second female astronaut — will beam China’s first lesson from space to students on earth.
Chinese TV carried pictures of President Xi Jinping wishing the crew luck.
“You have made Chinese people feel proud of ourselves, Xi told the astronauts. “I wish you success and look forward to your triumphant return.”
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