This is China's first manned mission this year, with three taikonauts aboard, making up the mission, which is expected to complete the construction of China's Space Station.
At 10:44 a.m. Beijing local time, the Great March 2-F carrier rockets lifted off from the satellite launch pad, carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft with the three taikonauts who will live on the Tiangong Space Station for six months.
China’s Shenzhou 14 spacecraft docked with the Tiangong space station at the start of a six-month mission. pic.twitter.com/RZwUjPpKLd
The trio will cooperate with the team on the ground to complete the assembly and construction of the Tiangong Space Station from a single-module structure to a national space laboratory with three modules, namely the Tianhe core module and the Wentian and Mengtian laboratory modules.
The three Chinese astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft entered the central module of the country's space station, Tianhe, on Sunday, the China Manned Space Agency reported.