China has reportedly sent two of their astronauts into Space on Monday. This is China’s crucial step towards their aim to build and operate their first space station. The Space station is said to be built by 2022.
At 7:30 am (local time) Mission commander, Jing Haipeng blasted off with astronaut Chen Dong. Both were shortlisted from the group of 20 and will be tasked with testing equipment and themselves to ensure China is ready for long-term stays outside Earth.
The launch was declared “a complete success” by General Zhang Youxia. The space agency told a press conference that its equipment was working properly and is in good condition for the Mission’s requirements.
President Xi Jinping congratulated and read a note in a press conference saying, “We still have a long way to go” to accomplish our goals of discovering the secrets of space and making China strong in space exploration.
The space station would be the second in service if China is able to reach its goal. First one is the international space station, a multinational project launched In 1998.
China has spent billions in the past to compete in the “space race” with the US , Russia, India and Japan.