China successfully launches mission sending three astronauts to new space station
Updated: 2021-06-17 14:31:38 KST
China successfully launched a spacecraft carrying three astronauts into space on Thursday, taking the country a step closer to completing its new space station.
The Shenzhou 12, China's first crewed spacecraft in nearly five years, will send the trio to the core module of the country's planned station the Tiangong, which is currently still under construction.
The crew is expected to dock, six hours after launch, and will spend about three months in orbit.
Construction of the Tiangong began in April and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.