The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft launched at 18:37 on June 16. Three astronauts will stay in space for 13 days and complete the rendezvous with Tiangong-1, also they will carry on experiment inside Tiangong-1 for the first time.
June 16, member of the Political Bureau, Chairman of NPC Standing Committee Wu Bangguo attended ceremony before the launch of Shenzhou-9.
The launch ceremony was held at the astronauts apartment of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
Astronauts set off for their journey.
Astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang came to Yuanmengyuan Square.
Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang on Yuanmengyuan Square.
Astronauts were taken to the launch pad.
Staff in launch tower helped astronauts to change shoes.
Astronauts entered the spacecraft at 5 pm.
Astronauts preparing for the launch inside the return capsule.
The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft launched at 18:37.
Staff working at Beijing Space Flight Control Center.
Astronauts waving hands inside the capsule after the launch.