China astronauts blast off into space – Ben Blanchard
China’s second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, just two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers.
Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China’s first manned space launch in 2003. Their mission is due to last five days.
See also “Second manned spacecraft successfully takes off” from China Daily.
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