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China to launch first crewed space mission in five years

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By Carlos Garcia and Shubing Wang JIUQUAN, China (Reuters) -China will send three men into orbit on Thursday in its first crewed mission in nearly five years, part of an ambitious plan to complete a space station by the end of next year. China is expected to launch the crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12 at 9:22 a.m. (0122 GMT) on June 17 in Jiuquan in northwestern Gansu province, an official at the China Manned Space agency said on Wednesday. The astronauts are Nie Haisheng, 56, Liu Boming, 54, and Tang Hongbo, 45, said Ji Qiming, assistant director at the China Manned Space Agency, in a press conf…

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