China to send astronauts on longest crewed mission

BEIJING (AP) – China is preparing to send three astronauts to live on its space station for six months — a new milestone for a programme that has advanced rapidly in recent years.

It will be China’s longest crewed space mission and set a record for the most time spent in space by Chinese astronauts. The Shenzhou-13 spaceship is expected to be launched into space on a Long March-2F rocket early tomorrow morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northwestern China. The first crew who served a 90-day mission aboard the main Tianhe core module of the space station returned in mid-September.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin