China sends three astronauts to live in its space station

China has launched three astronauts into space, and the astronauts are expected to spend three months living in the Chinese space station.

Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo went into space on the Shenzou-12 capsule via the Long March 2F rocket.

The rocket was launched from the Jiuquan centre in the Gobi Desert at 9.22 a.m. on Thursday morning, local time.

This will be China’s longest space mission with astronauts and the first one in the last five years.

During the past six months, China brought back rock and soil samples from the moon surface, and also managed to land a six-wheeled robot on Mars.