China's Rocket Carrying First Crew To New Space Station Blasts Off.

China's Rocket Carrying First Crew To New Space Station Blasts Off

The Long March-2F rocket carrying three astronauts lifted off in a cloud of smoke.

Jiuquan, China:

The first astronauts for China's new space station blasted off Thursday for the country's longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power.

The Long March-2F rocket carrying three astronauts lifted off at 9:22 am local time (0122 GMT) in a cloud of smoke from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China's Gobi desert.

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