China to launch three astronauts to space station in June, Shenzhou-14 out on pad

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) will launch the third crewed mission to the under-construction space station in June as it rolled the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft on the launchpad. 

The China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) rolled out the mission at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

The Shenzhou-14 mission will carry three astronauts to the Tiangong space station on top of a Long March-2F carrier rocket on a six-month mission in zero gravity. 

Huang Weifen, the chief designer of the country's astronaut system in a media briefing said that crewed spacecraft will send three astronauts to the Tianhe core module of China's space station in June.

Standing tall at 60 meters in height, the spaceship and rocket combo weighing 39 tonnes rolled out of the assembly test building and approached the launch tower after traveling 1.5 kilometers. 

Completing the journey in over an hour, the spacecraft arrived at the pad in a healthy condition.