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  • Updated: May 30, 2023

China Launches Crewed Mission To Space, First Civilian Astronaut Included

China has achieved another milestone in its space program with the successful launch of the Shenzhou-16 spacecraft.

The spacecraft, carrying three astronauts, including China's first civilian astronaut, lifted off from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwestern China on Tuesday.

This launch marks a significant step in China's ambitious space exploration plans and the development of its space station.

The crew will join the astronauts already aboard the Tiangong station and conduct various scientific experiments during their five-month stay.

China's progress in space exploration highlights its determination to establish itself as a major player in the field.

Zou Lipeng, the center's director, confirmed that the mission was a "complete success," and the astronauts were in good health.

Leading the crew is Commander Jing Haipeng, an experienced astronaut on his fourth mission. Engineer Zhu Yangzhu and Beihang University professor Gui Haichao, the first Chinese civilian in space, are also part of the crew.

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Quadri Adejumo
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