Jun 04, 2022 06:05 PM

China to Launch Three Astronauts to Complete Work on First Space Station

Cai Xuzhe(left), Chen Dong(middle), and Liu Yang. Photo:VCG
Cai Xuzhe(left), Chen Dong(middle), and Liu Yang. Photo:VCG

(Bloomberg) — China will launch three astronauts on a spacecraft Sunday to work on the final stages of construction of the nation’s first orbital outpost.

A Long March-2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft will blast off at 10:44 a.m. local time Sunday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwest Gobi Desert.

The astronauts will live at the Tiangong space station for six months to complete assembly tasks for what will be a national space laboratory, Lin Xiqiang, deputy head of the China Manned Space Agency, told reporters Saturday.

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