Photos: China’s Long March 2F thunders off at Dawn with Two-Man Crew

China’s Long March 2F rocket launched the country’s first crewed space flight in over three years at dawn on Monday when the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with two crew members on board was successfully lifted into orbit for a five-week research mission to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

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Videos: Long March 2F lifts Chinese Astronaut Duo to Orbit

China’s Long March 2F rocket launched the country’s first crewed space flight in over three years at dawn on Monday when the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft with two crew members on board was successfully lifted into orbit for a five-week research mission to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

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Shenzhou-11 Crew revealed as Countdown begins at Gobi Desert Launch Base

China has begun the countdown to the country’s longest crewed space mission to date, now confirmed for liftoff on a Long March 2F rocket at 23:30 UTC on Sunday after the detailed flight plan and the crew’s identities were kept under close wraps until the day before launch.

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China gears up for record-setting Shenzhou-11 Mission after Secretive Launch Campaign

China is on the eve of launching its sixth crewed space mission to the recently-launched Tiangong-2 space laboratory, but – just over 24 hours from the expected launch time – the two crew members’ identities remain to be revealed.

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