China Sends Astronauts to Space for 5th Time

The Chinese space program sends three astronauts into space Tuesday on a 15 day mission.

FILE - In this June 16, 2012 file image made off the monitor screen at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center and released by China's Xinhua News Agency, China's astronauts Jing Haipeng, center, Liu Wang, left, and Liu Yang sit inside the capsule after the launch of China's manned Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. China�s astronauts have braved the tension of docking with a space station and performed delicate tasks outside their orbiting capsule, but now face a more down-to-Earth job that is perhaps equally challenging: Talking to young people about science. Coming on the heels of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield�s wildly popular YouTube videos from the International Space Station, the three astronauts aboard China�s latest mission, expected to launch early June 2013, plan to deliver a series of talks to students from aboard China�s Tiangong 1 space lab.(AP Photo/Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center via Xinhua, File) NO SALES

CHINA - China's 5th manned space mission blasted off Tuesday carrying three astronauts on a 15 day mission to an experimental space lab. China says it is the latest step toward the development of a space station. President Xi Jinping personally watched the launch. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft launched from a remote site in the Gobi desert under blue skies and was carried live on state television. This is China's fifth manned space mission since 2003, and will be the longest time Chinese astronauts have spent in space.

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