China picks veteran to lead first space station crew, as lift-off preparations begin

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Two experienced astronauts are among the first three-man crew for China’s first space station, with final preparations under way for their mission launch on Thursday.The Long March 2F rocket carrying them to the Tianhe module – the first part of the Tiangong space station – is expected to lift off at around 9.22am from the Jiuquan satellite launch centre in the Gobi Desert. Propellant refuelling for the rocket was under way on Wednesday morning, according to the China Manned Space Engineering…

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