See-off ceremony held for Shenzhou-11 mission astronauts

Beijing, Oct 17 (IANS) A see-off ceremony for two Chinese astronauts of the upcoming Shenzhou-11 manned space mission was held on Monday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

The Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft is scheduled to be launched at 7.30 a.m.

Fan Changlong, Vice chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), met with astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong at the launch center, Xinhua news agency reported.

On behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council, the CMC and General Secretary of CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping, Fan wished the mission success.

“We wish you success and look forward to your triumphant return,” Fan said.

“With all the scientific and rigorous training, discreet preparation, and rich experience accumulated from previous missions, you will accomplish the glorious and tough task”, Fan added.

–IANS

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