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Taikonauts on a long-term mission

A long-term experiment involving a female taikonaut and two male taikonauts began in space on Saturday. The crew lifted off from the Jiuquan space port and arrived at China’s Tiangong space station just eight hours later. They are expected to remain in weightlessness for six months. By closely monitoring their biological functions, Chinese researchers hope to gather insights into the consequences of long missions. The taikonauts are also to work on gathering routines for long-term living and working in space. Also on board is Wang Yaping, a space veteran. She first went to space eight years ago. At the time, she had become internationally known for her video-transmitted experiments for children. fin

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