China launches spacecraft

CNC reporting from Beijing
Added On June 11, 2013

The mission was announced by China's manned space program at a press conference at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Monday.

According to the program's spokeswoman, the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft was launched at 5:38 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

The spacecraft carries three astronauts including a woman.

The spacecraft will travel in space for 15 days and go through two docking tests with the orbiting space lab module Tiangong-1. One docking test will be automatic and the other manual.

The astronauts will also carry out medical and technical experiments.

According to the spokeswoman, the launch ground and all control systems are ready and the astronauts are in good and stable condition.

This mission aims to further test technologies of docking and supporting astronauts' stay in space, as well as use new technologies related to the construction of a space station.