China to launch next crewed mission on Sunday to build space station

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By Liangping Gao and Yew Lun Tian BEIJING (Reuters) – China will launch a spacecraft on Sunday carrying three astronauts to the core module of the unfinished Chinese space station, where they will work and live for six months as construction enters advanced stages. A Long March-2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft is set to blast off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern province of Gansu at 10:44 a.m. local time (0244 GMT) on Sunday, a China Manned Space Agency official told a news conference on Saturday. Mission commander Chen Dong will be accompanied by Liu Yang …

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