China's Shenzhou-9 has blasted off successfully from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi desert aboard a Long March rocket. Here are a couple of videos of the launch:
The next event of note is when the taikonauts (including China's first female taikonaut) attempt to manually dock into the Tiangong-1 space lab, a precursor to a full fledged space station. NYT, The Telegraph and others have articles on the launch and the associated mission.
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