16 June 2012
China about to launch three Taikonauts to their new space station - launch at 8:37pm Canberra time
Now they are about to launch three astronauts - taikonauts as they are known in China - to visit the station. It will be a two-week mission. Launch is set for 8:37pm Australian eastern time. Check your local time here.
To watch the launch, tune in to China's CCTV Live: http://english.cntv.cn/live/
Included in the flight crew is China's first female astronaut - People's Liberation Army Air Force fighter pilot Liu Yang.
The orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab was launched back in September, and in November China conducted a successful test docking with a robotic Shenzhou-8 capsule, launched on their Long March-2F rocket. You can read more background on China's space plans, or watch this video:
Here's a good summary of the mission:
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration