China have successfully launched their 6th manned spaceflight mission – Shenzhou 11. Liftoff occurred at 23:30 UTC, October 16th 2016, from the Jiuquan launch site in China. The Shenzhou 11 crew capsule will bring two Chinese astronauts, Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong to the Tiangong-2 space laboratory which launched last month, September 15th.

Tiangong-2 like Tiangong-1 is a test bed ahead of the planned launch of China’s permanent modular space station in 2022. Shenzhou 11’s mission as such will last around 30 days.