In China on Monday, 17 October, successfully launched a spacecraft with two cosmonauts on Board, informs the Agency “Xinhua”.
Ship “Shenzhou -11″ (Sacred canoe-11″) was launched from the cosmodrome Jiuquan in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu at 07:30 local time (02:30 Moscow time) with the help of the carrier rocket “Changzheng-2F”. 7:49 the ship successfully entered the preset orbit, “safely transporting two astronauts to space,” the statement reads.
Member of the standing Committee of the political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Premier of the state Council of China Li Keqiang, member of the standing Committee of the Politburo and the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee Liu Yunshan watched the launch in Beijing.
Chinese President XI Jinping, who is in India, where he participated in the eighth leaders ‘ summit of BRICS countries, sent a telegram. In it, he “expressed to all involved in the space program technical staff and astronauts hot greetings and conveyed cordial greetings”.
XI Jinping said that the launch of “Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou 11″ let China for the first time to implement a medium-term stay of astronauts in space and also conduct a number of scientific and applied experiments in space. “This testifies to the achievement of a new important progress in the implementation of the manned space program of China,” the report says.
Earlier it was reported that on 17 October around 4:15 in the pre-residence”, Vintange” at the launch site, the Jiuquan satellite launch center held a farewell ceremony of the cosmonauts into orbit. “The cosmonauts have promised to obey orders, listen to orders to keep his cool, carefully drive the vehicle and to ensure the successful implementation of the mission,” the statement reads. Then, to loud applause accompanying hypen Jing, and Chen Dong went to the spaceport.
According to the plan, “Shenzhou 11″ will carry out docking with the space laboratory “Tiangong-2″ (“”heavenly Palace-2″), launched on 15 September. Two cosmonauts will be on Board of the laboratory for 30 days, they will conduct scientific experiments. Currently, the laboratory “Tiangong-2″ went into orbit with altitude of 393 km for docking with the spacecraft “Shenzhou-11″.