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China space mission takes off

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China has successfully launched its third manned space mission, which is to feature the country's first spacewalk.

The Shenzhou VII spacecraft blasted off from the Jiuquan spaceport in the northwest of China.

The three-man crew is led by 42-year-old fighter pilot Zhai Zhigang, who will be undertaking the spacewalk.

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