SHANGHAI Oct 17 China launched its latest
manned space mission on Monday, taking two astronauts into orbit
where they will spend a month aboard an experimental space
laboratory that is part of a broader plan to have a permanent
manned space station in service around 2022.
The Shenzhou 11 blasted off on a Long March rocket at 7:30
am (2330 GMT) from the remote launch site in Jiuquan, in the
Gobi desert, in images carried live on state television.
(Reporting by John Ruwitch and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING;
Editing by Michael Perry)