Two Chinese astronauts lifted off on Oct. 17 for the Tiangong 2 orbital laboratory on a mission intended to prove technology for a space station planned for launch in 2022. A month after its own launch, Tiangong 2 is waiting for the manned spacecraft of the latest mission, Shenzhou 11, at an altitude of around 393km (244 mi.), state media say. Liftoff from the human-spaceflight launch center at Jiuquan, in the Gobi Desert, came at 7:30 a.m. (Sunday 23:30 GMT) as the Sun was rising over the ...

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