Final preparations are currently taking place for China’s fifth and longest ever manned space mission. The Shenzhou 10 launch is scheduled for 17:38 CST on June 11, according to Xinhua.
The Shenzhou 10 spaceflight will last 15 days as the three astronauts on board are carried to the orbiting space lab module Tiangong-1, where they will go through two docking tests, one automatic and one manual.
During the mission, the astronauts will also teach a lesson for high school students via video link.
The three astronauts are Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping. Wang will be China’s second female astronaut to go into space, following in the footsteps of Liu Yang.
The Shenzhou craft will blast off from the Jiuquan Launch Centre in Inner Mongolia.
[Image credit: Xinhua // Via: Tech in Asia]