07:53 GMT25 July 2021
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    BEIJING (Sputnik) - Beijing's Long March 2F launcher rocket carrying a Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft lifted off on Thursday to the Tiangong orbital station, which is currently under construction. The launch was broadcast by China Central Television.

    There are three cosmonauts on board.

    The launch took place from the Jiuquan space center in Gansu province in northwestern China.

    The Shenzhou-12 entered orbit and the launch has been recognized as successful, according to a Chinese manned flight program report.

    Beijing successfully sent up the core module of its first space outpost, Tiangong, in late April. China state-run media report that it will take 12 missions to assemble the space station in lower Earth orbit, with the construction set to be completed by the end of 2022.

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