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China to launch three-person mission to build space station

Beijing: China will launch three astronauts on a spacecraft on Sunday on a six-month mission to complete the construction of the country’s space station currently orbiting the earth, China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced on Saturday.

Astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe will travel on the Shenzhou-14 spaceflight which will dock with the Tiangong space station, currently under construction.

The Shenzhou-14 will be launched on Sunday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern province of Gansu, sending three astronauts to its space station.

The mission will build the space station into a national space laboratory, said Lin Xiqiang, the deputy director of the CMSA.

The Shenzhou-14 crew will work with the ground team to complete the rendezvous, docking and transposition of the two lab modules with the core module, Lin said at a press conference.

They will enter the two lab modules for the first time and help…

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