The Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying China's Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Oct. 17, 2016. Photo courtesy: (Xinhua.

China’s longest manned mssion Shenzhou-11 blasts off

Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, 50, and Chen Dong, 37, were blasted off into space by Shenzhou-11 spacecraft at 7:30 am local time from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre near the Gobi Desert in northern China.