BY | June 12, 2013

It seems sensational and the whole of nation is celebrating. Shenzhou 10 manned spaceflight  has been launched as china space program is beating United States

China’s fifth manned space mission and perhaps the longest till now was successfully blasted off on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab. Called Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off successfully from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

The spacecraft was launched aboard a Long March 2F rocket and will transport the crew to the Tiangong 1, which functions as an experimental prototype for a much larger Chinese space station to be launched in 2020. The craft will spend 12 days docked with the Tiangong. With this mission the Chinese crew plans to deliver a series of talks to students from aboard the Tiangong.  The three member crew being headed by mission commander Nie Haisheng has Zhang Xiaoguang  and China’s second female astronaut, Wang Yaping on board.

During the press conference prior to the launch, Wang said: “I am eager to explore and feel the magic and splendour of space with young friends. We would conduct dozens of space science experiments and would enjoy personalized space foods especially designed by our nutritionists.”

Congratulating the astronauts and the country men, President Xi Jinping, said: “You have made Chinese people feel proud of ourselves. You have trained and prepared yourselves carefully and thoroughly, so I am confident in your completing the mission successfully. I wish you success and look forward to your triumphant return.”

With  multibillion-dollar space program Shenzhou-10, which means “Divine Vessel,” Beijing sees it as a tool towards its rising global stature and mounting technical expertise, as well as the ruling Communist Party’s success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation. China first sent a human into space only in 2003 and its capabilities still lag behind the US

It is being strongly believed that China, which is already one of just three nations to have launched manned spacecraft on its own,  is hoping to join the United States and Russia as the only countries to send independently maintained space stations into orbit.

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