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China launches 3 taikonauts to Tiangong space station

Two veteran Chinese taikonauts and a rookie blasted off atop a Long March 2F rocket Saturday evening U.S. time, streaking into orbit and setting off after China’s Tiangong “Palace in the Sky” space station for a planned six-month stay.

The launching marked the third piloted flight to the Chinese outpost and the first in a series of crew rotations intended to establish a permanent Chinese presence in low-Earth orbit.

Shenzhou 14 commander Chen Dong, Liu Yang, the first Chinese woman in space, and first-time flier Cai Xuzhe lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 10:44 p.m. EDT (10:44 a.m. local time Sunday), climbing directly into the plane of the space station’s orbit.

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket blasts off from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia, boosting three taikonauts into orbit for a flight to China’s Tiangong space station. China plans to keep the…

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