Shenzhou-11 Arrives at Launch Site

The Tiangong-1 space station with a Shenzhou spacecraft. Credit: CNSA
The Tiangong-1 space station with a Shenzhou spacecraft. Credit: CNSA

The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft that will carry Chinese astronauts to the nation’s new space station has arrived at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the Xinhua news agency reports.

Shenzhou-11 is scheduled for launch in mid-October. Two unidentified male astronauts will fly to the Tiangong-2 space station, which is scheduled for launch in mid-September. The mission will last up to 30 days, Xinhua reported.

China plans to launch the core module of a permanent, multi-module space station around 2018. The facility is due to be complete around 2022.

Edited to remove inaccurate information about Tiangong-2.

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