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PHOTOS: China launches Shenzhou 10 into earth orbit

News   •   Jun 11, 2013 10:48 GMT

China has successfully launched its Shenzhou 10 manned space mission.

Three astronauts blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on a Long March 2F rocket at 17:38 Beijing time (09:38 GMT).

As the spacecraft passed an altitude of 100 kilometers Wang Yaping (王亚平) became China's second female astronaut.

The spacecraft successfully entered Earth orbit, and shortly after unfolded its solar panels and antenna, prompting celebrations in mission control at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and China's first astronaut Yang Liweiand others watched the launch from the center in Jiuquan.

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