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 start of operations by a full-bore facility six years from now. It is the sixth time China has launched astronauts into space and the duration will be the longest by far. China was prevented from participating in the International Space Station, mainly due to the U.S. concerns over the Chinese space program’s strongly military character. Chinese officials are now looking to internationalize their own program by offering to help finance other countries’ missions to Tiangong 2.
Source: Drudge Report

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