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[UPDATE2] Following a successful launch at 6:39 PM China Standard Time, I’ve updated the links below and added a mission elapsed timer.
[UPDATE1] The launch time has been announced as 6:37 PM China Standard Time. The flight crew is Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang, and Liu Yang. Timer links below have been updated to the new launch time. Details here.
[UPDATE] The launch vehicle has passed tests and is ready for launch. Details here.
China’s 4th human spaceflight will launch on June 16 at 6:37 PM China Standard Time. The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will launch atop a Long March 2F rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. This will be the first crewed mission to dock with the Tiangong 1 orbiting laboratory, launched in September of last year.
Three astronauts are going to make the trip. The rocket rolled out to the pad on Saturday.
Details are still a bit sketchy at the moment, but keep an eye on the Spaceflight Now website for the latest. I will continue to update the link above as launch times become known.