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Chinese astronauts arrive at new space station

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China’s space ambitions forged ahead on Thursday as three astronauts arrived at the country’s nascent space station. Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou 12 successfully docked with the core Tianhe module of the space station that is under construction. The docking manoeuvre was carried out automatically, Chinese media reported. The flight represents the first manned Chinese space mission in five years. The three Chinese spacefarers are set to spend three months in orbit – a record for Chinese “taikonauts” – and will use the time to help set up the space station. The station is under construction with …

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