China launches crewed spacecraft to space station

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© Reuters. Chinese astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe attend a see-off ceremony before the launch of the Long March-2F carrier rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft for a crewed mission to build China’s space station, at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Cent

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China launched a spacecraft on Sunday carrying three astronauts to the Chinese space station, due to be completed by the end of 2022, according to state media.

A Long March-2F rocket transporting the Shenzhou-14, or “Divine Vessel” in Chinese, blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 10:44 am local time (0244 GMT), state media reported.

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