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[19:08:24] That’s it for our live coverage today. Thank you very much for staying with us – we’ll be back again in two days for the docking and module visiting.

[19:07:44] China.org.cn will provide minute-by-minute live coverage on the docking and module visiting on June 13. Please stay with us on live.china.org.cn.

[19:02:00] In its 15-day journey, the spacecraft will dock with the orbiting space lab Tiangong-1 twice, once through automatic operation and the other manual, and a lecture will for the first time be given on board of the assembled orbiter to a group of students on the ground.

[18:57:23] The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with Tiangong 1 on June 13.

[18:52:40] BBC reports that:

[18:47:12] How do you think of the launch of Shenzhou 10? Tell us in our forum.

[18:38:40] A combination picture of the lift-off:

[18:19:30] @Xing-zhe-shu-yuan from Sina Weibo:

[18:11:25] @ Student Council of Guangzhou Medical University from Sina Weibo:

[18:07:20] Xinhua News Agency reports that:

[18:01:10]More pictures of the blast-off:

[18:00:20] Premier Li Keqiang is shaking hands with control room staff in Beijing, expressing his best wishes for the flight.

[17:59:20] President Xi Jinping congratulates and shakes hands with control room staff.

[17:58:50] The commander-in-chief officially announces the successful launch of Shenzhou 10.

[17:52:00] @Posted by Sina Tianjin writes:

[17:51:50] Xinhua News Agency reports that:

[17:50:20] Solar panel is opening.

[17:49:00] The astronauts wave to the camera in order to let the doctors on the ground know they are in good shape.

[17:47:20] The astronauts look relaxed.

[17:46:00] The second level switched off.

[17:45:20] The control room is tracking the astronauts’ physical status.

[17:44:30] Tracking is in control.

[17:43:00] Shenzhou 10 has entered outer space.

[17:42:20] Speed-accelerator separated.

[17:39:20] Control room tracks Shenzhou 10 on radar.

[17:38:20] China’s manned spacecraft Shenzhou 10 blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

[17:38:10] China’s manned spacecraft Shenzhou 10 started ignition.

[17:37:00] Premier Li Keqiang is watching the blast-off in the control room in Beijing.

[17:36:40] President Xi Jinping and other state officials are watching the blast-off on the spot.

[17:19] Latest development: Shenzhou 10 manned spacecraft is scheduled to blast off in about 30 minutes. Three Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping are in the spacecraft and have finished all inspections before the launch.

[17:12] Xinhua News Agency reports that 33-year-old spacewoman Wang Yaping will be China’s first teacher in space.

Live: China launches Shenzhou 10 – China.org.cn Live – Live updates on top news stories and major events

[17:01] More pictures of the see-off ceremony:

[16:56] @Shangdong Wei Life from Sina Weibo:

[16:52] @Commentator Yang Yu from Sina Weibo:

[16:42]@ Student Council of Guangzhou Medical University from Sina Weibo:

[16:23]@Youyuanzhu from Sina Weibo:

[16:22]@ Dapeng watching the world’ from Sina Weibo:

[15:51] Who are the three astronauts?

Nie Haisheng is of Han nationality and a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC).Nie, who holds a masters degree, was born in September 1964. He was recruited by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in June 1983 and joined the CPC in December 1986. Currently, he is a Major General and a Premium Astronaut of the PLA.Nie served as a navigation director of a PLA Air Force division and a first-class pilot of the Air Force with 1,480 flight hours. He was selected to become one of China’s first astronauts in January 1998. In October 2005, Nie Haisheng successfully carried out the Shenzhou-6 space mission. In April 2013, Nie was selected to be a prime crew member of the Shenzhou-10 space mission.

Female astronaut Wang Yaping is a native of Yantai City in east China’s Shandong Province. Born in 1980, Wang is of Han nationality and holds a bachelor’s degree. Wang was recruited to the People’s Liberation Army in 1997 and became a member of the Communist Party of China in May 2000. Currently, she is a major. In 2010, Wang became a member of the second batch of Chinese astronauts and was selected to the crew of the Shenzhou-10 space mission in April 2013. Wang will be China’s first astronaut to give lectures to middle and elementary school students while in orbit.

Zhang Xiaoguang is a native of Jinzhou City of northeast China’s Liaoning Province. Born in May 1966, Zhang is of the Manchu ethnic group. Zhang joined the Chinese army in June 1985 and became a member of the Communist Party of China in August 1988. In January 1998, Zhang was trained as one of China’s first batch of astronauts and now is a member of the astronaut brigade of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). He now holds the rank of a senior colonel. Before he was trained as an astronaut, Zhang was a senior pilot and has a record of 1,000 hours of safe flying. He has passed a comprehensive tests for astronauts, which consisted of basic theories, endurance and space engineering. In April 2013, he was enlisted as a crew member of the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft mission.

[15:42]@ Woben Beipo from Sina Weibo:

[15:38] Countdown: Shenzhou 10 manned spacecraft to be launched in two hours.

[15:34] The best site to view the launching of Shenzhou 10 is in Jiuquan, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, but it takes 800 yuan to watch the blast-off. The small city of Jiuquan, located in the deserts of Northwest China, has been brought to the public’s attention due to the upcoming launch of Shenzhou 10 this afternoon. Hotels in Jiuquan City have been fully booked with tourists from across the country. According to domestic travel agencies, one can spend 800 yuan to enter the launching site and watch the Shenzhou 10 take off. Spectators can see the launch from a distance as close as three kilometers.

[15:31]What do astronauts in Shenzhou-10 eat? The three astronauts will have zongzi, glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed or other plant leaves and tied with colored thread, and millet congee during the Dragon Boat festival. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft will orbit in outer space for 15 days, making it China’s longest-ever manned spaceflight. Unlike the Shenzhou 9 mission in 2012, there will be no astronaut on duty at night. Additionally, personalized food recipes have been prepared to cater to the various tastes of the three astronauts. The newly-added space food includes yogurt, fruit, millet congee and zongzi.

[15:21] China Business Morning: The departure ceremony for the astronauts of the Shenzhou 10 manned spacecraft is being held in Yuanmengyuan Square at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Hundreds are gathering around the square, including local residents, staff members and journalists. They are awaiting the arrival of astronauts Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping.

[15:20] A see-off ceremony was held for astronauts of Shenzhou 10.

[15:16] The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft is set to blast off at 5:38 pm today. Stay with us for the live coverage.

[15:14] Shenzhou-10 astronaut Wang Yaping told China.org.cn yesterday that she is a post-’80s woman with hobbies varying from photography, music and basketball to traveling. Looking forward to her upcoming trip into space, she is happy to be sharing her experiences and thoughts with the public.

According to Wang, the three Shenzhou-10 crewmembers will spend 15 days in space. “As a first-time ‘spacewoman,’ aside from scientific experiments and other work-related duties, I will fully enjoy life in the zero-gravity environment and am going in with much curiosity.”

[15:12]@Dreamo_O from Sina Weibo:I wish for the secrets of the universe to no longer be this far away from us. Sail towards our new dreams! Go China!

[15:03]Headline News on Sina Weibo:

[14.59]@YWL from Sina Weibo:

[10:55] The 48-year-old Nie Haisheng is not only the commander of the Shenzhou-10 mission, but also responsible for manually docking the spacecraft with Tiangong-1 module in orbit, which is unprecedented for a Chinese astronaut in one mission.

Nie Haisheng

[10:46] The 33-year-old spacewoman Wang Yaping will make history — she will be China’s first teacher in space.

Wang Yaping

[10:30] Zhang Xiaoguang will assist the commander to accomplish the spacecraft’s manual docking with space module Tiangong-1. He will also carry the camera and record a lecture, which will be given by his teammate Wang Yaping to middle and elementary school students in China.

Zhang Xiaoguang

[June 10, 17:40] Astronauts announced: Astronauts of the Shenzhou-10 mission, males Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang as well as female Wang Yaping, met the press on Monday.

(From left to right) Wang Yaping, Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang, three astronauts to go the space on Shenzhou-10 spacecraft.

[June 10, 15:45] The three astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft will enjoy a more comfortable environment on the Tiangong-1, a target orbiter and space module, compared with the last manned mission, Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China’s manned space program, told a press briefing Monday.

[June 10, 15:20] It is the first time astronauts will give a lesson to middle and elementary school students while in orbit.

[Juen 10, 15:15] Shenzhou-10 will dock with Tiangong-1 with automatic and manual operations, where astronauts will conduct space science experiments and offer lessons to students on Earth.

[June 10, 15:08] Orbiter Tiangong-1 is ready and in position for the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft mission.

A press conference to brief on the launch of the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft is held by China’s space program headquarters at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China’s Gansu Province, June 10, 2013.

[June 10, 15:04] The Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft will be launched at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday with three astronauts on board, China’s manned space program spokeswoman said on Monday.

The Long March-2F carrier rocket is seen at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan.

Here is some background information about this blast-off:

Wang Yaping, 35, a former air force pilot, will become the second Chinese woman in space after Liu Yang, who was on board the Shenzhou-9 mission in 2012.

The other two astronauts are yet to be announced:

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