The Shenzhou-16 manned spacecraft embarked on its journey to the China Space Station on Tuesday. It is the first manned mission since the space station entered its application and development stage.

Carried by a Long March-2F rocket, the Shenzhou-16 spaceship lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China at 9:31 a.m. 

Approximately 10 minutes after the launch, the Shenzhou-16 spaceship separated from the rocket and entered its pre-determined orbit, prompting the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) to declare the launch a complete success.


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