(In Pics) The launch of China's first manned spacecraft- Shenzhou-11

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Manning the Shenzhou-11 aircraft are Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, and Chen Dong, who will be staying at the Tiangong 2 space station for 30 days to test the complex's ability to support life.

It will take the astronauts about 2 days to reach the space station. According to a BBC report, while on board the pair will carry out experiments including an examination of plant growth in space. They'll also use ultrasound equipment to test their own bodies.

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Here are the pics of the launch:

Up, up and beyond

Jiuquan : In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, the Long March-2F rocket carrying China's manned Shenzhou-10 spacecraft lifts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. China's latest manned spacecraft blasted off on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab.

The launch

Jiuquan : The Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 10 capsule blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and to educate young people about science.

Preparing for the launch

Jiuquan : In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-2D rocket carrying the world's first quantum satellite lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwestern China's Gansu Province, early Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Experts say China's launch of the first quantum satellite will push forward the worldwide effort to develop the ability to send communications that are impenetrable by hackers.

Preparing for the launch

Jiuquan : The Long March 7 rocket carrying the Tiangong-2 module blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years.

The astronauts

Jiuquan : Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, right, and Chen Dong, left, wave farewell to the crowd before getting on Shenzhou 11 spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China Monday Oct. 17, 2016. The spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 2 space station within two days and the astronauts will stay there for 30 days to test the complex's ability to support their life.

Up, up and beyond

Jiuquan : China's Shenzhou 11 spaceship onboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket takes off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province on Monday Oct. 17, 2016. China launched a pair of astronauts into space Monday on a mission to dock with an experimental space station and remain aboard for 30 days in preparation for the assembly of a full facility six years from now.

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