spacecraft Shenzhou VII lifts off, the commander-in-chief of the mission's ground operation has said.
The historic moment will be broadcast live across the world, xinhua.net quoted Cui Jijun as having said on Tuesday, and the space environment is expected to be fine for the mission.
Shenzhou VII is scheduled to blast off from Jiuquan in Gansu province tomorrow night. The exact time will be announced on Wednesday.
The Shenzhou-VII mission entered the countdown stage after the final check on the spacecraft, the carrier rocket and the ground operation system was completed Tuesday morning.
Scientists simulated the ignition of the rocket and the in-flight moves of the capsule to test how the observation, control and communication systems at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center work.
The rocket will be loaded with fuel after an overall quality review and approval of the mission headquarters. And all the settings of the spacecraft and the observation, control and communication systems will be frozen till the launch.
The spacecraft, its Long-March II-F carrier rocket and the escape tower were fitted on the launch pad on Saturday.