China's new Long March 7 rocket blasted off on its inaugural mission today at 8:00 p.m. Beijing time (12:00 UTC, 7:00 a.m. EDT). The rocket successfully placed a small-scale human spaceflight capsule demonstrator into orbit, which will reportedly land near the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia tomorrow.
You can read our preview story about the Long March 7 flight, which also christened China's new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan, here:
Here's a quick multimedia roundup:
Here are the video highlights from CCTV news:
And here's a repost of the full launch:
A local tourist also captured a really nice video (NASASpaceflight.com editor Chris Bergin says this was one of his website's members; kudos as usual to NSF for their worldwide reach):