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China blasts off two astronauts on longest manned mission
China's Shenzhou 11 spaceship onboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket takes off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province on Monday Oct. 17, 2016. China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations by a full-bore facility six years from now. (Photo: AP)
China's Shenzhou 11 spaceship onboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket takes off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province on Monday Oct. 17, 2016. China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the start of operations by a full-bore facility six years from now. (Photo: AP)
The Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying China's Shenzhou 11 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. China has launched a pair of astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days. (Photo: AP)
The Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying China's Shenzhou 11 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. China has launched a pair of astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days. (Photo: AP)
Technicians monitoring from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing ahead of the planned Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft to be launched from northern China, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the assembly of a full facility six years from now. (Photo: AP)
Technicians monitoring from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing ahead of the planned Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft to be launched from northern China, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the assembly of a full facility six years from now. (Photo: AP)
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, right, and Chen Dong, left, wave farewell to the crowd before getting on Shenzhou 11 spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 2 space station within two days and the astronauts will stay there for 30 days to test the complex's ability to support their life. (Photo: AP)
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, right, and Chen Dong, left, wave farewell to the crowd before getting on Shenzhou 11 spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 2 space station within two days and the astronauts will stay there for 30 days to test the complex's ability to support their life. (Photo: AP)
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, left, and Chen Dong, right, wave from behind a glass enclosure during a presser at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (Photo: AP)
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, left, and Chen Dong, right, wave from behind a glass enclosure during a presser at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (Photo: AP)
"It is any astronaut's dream and pursuit to be able to perform many space missions," Jing, who turns 50 during his time in space, told the media. (Photo: AP)
"It is any astronaut's dream and pursuit to be able to perform many space missions," Jing, who turns 50 during his time in space, told the media. (Photo: AP)