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China launches Shenzhou-12 space mission

The first astronauts have arrived on China’s space station marking the country’s first crewed spaceflight in nearly five years.

The Shenzhou-12 took off from north-western China yesterday and the three men onboard will spend three months in space.

The flight of the Shenzhou-12 marks the third of 11 missions required to build China’s new space station.

The next launches of three robotic cargo missions and crewed flights will be launched during the construction phase of the space station which is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

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