GLOBALink | China launches crewed spaceship Shenzhou-13

JIUQUAN, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) — China on Saturday launched the crewed spaceship Shenzhou-13, sending three astronauts to its space station core module Tianhe for a six-month mission.

The three astronauts are Zhai Zhigang, the commander and China’s first spacewalker, Wang Yaping, the first Chinese female astronaut to visit China’s space station and carry out extravehicular activities, and Ye Guangfu, a newcomer to space.

They are expected to set a new record for China’s manned space mission duration, exceeding the three months kept by the Shenzhou-12 crew from June to September this year.

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