The launch, which was broadcast on Chinese state central television, was a popular topic on China’s twitter-like service, Weibo. There were over 372,000 posts on the microblog service with the hash tag, “Shenzhou 9 is launching today.”
"My whole family sat in front of TV and watched the whole launch. I almost had a heart attack. It's successfully launched! We're so excited and happy!" wrote one happy poster.
“I happened to watch the launch, everyone just held breath when they did countdown,” wrote another poster. “To be honest, many things have made me less confident lately, but at this moment nothing can stop this exciting patriotism."
-- Reported by NBC news and news services