JIUQUAN, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Saturday that Shenzhou-9 spacecraft had accurately entered its orbit, calling the spaceship launch a success.
Space.com: You can watch China's Shenzhou 9 launch live online via the state-run CCTV news channel here: http://english.cntv.cn/special/shenzhou9/index.shtml
FULL VIDEO: Shenzhou-9 blasts off CCTV News - CNTV English.
- New hero for a billion people as China's first female astronaut successfully enters space
- The 33-year-old is with two male astronauts on a mission to the 'Heavenly Palace' space station
- The astronauts are now orbiting at 213 miles above Earth and expected to reach the space station on Monday
- Analysts say China's exclusion from the ISS, largely on objections from the United States, was one of the key spurs for it to pursue an independent program 20 years ago.
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