China’s Space Bureau has launched a new satellite designed to monitor Venus and other solar system objects.
The Shenzhou-11 is designed to be launched by 2018.
The new mission is the first to monitor the outer solar system for signs of life and habitability, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Shenzhou-1 is being launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwestern China’s Sichuan province.
China’s space agency said the satellite will provide information on Venus and the Moon and also provide information about the development of the outer Solar System.
The first Shenzhou spacecraft flew in May 2010.