The crew of the Shenzhou-10
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China launches manned craft to Tiangong space lab

China's latest manned spacecraft has blasted off into orbit from its launch centre in the Gobi Desert.

The Shenzhou-10 mission is scheduled to be the longest and includes China's second female astronaut who will beam a lesson back to students on Earth.

The commander, Nie Haisheng, and his crew, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping, plan to spend just under two weeks at the orbiting Tiangong space lab.

The BBC's science correspondent Jonathan Amos reports.

  • 11 Jun 2013
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