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Tianzhou 3 cargo spacecraft launches from S China's Hainan Island

By CUI JIA in Wenchang, Hainan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-09-20 15:20

A Long March 7 rocket carrying Tianzhou 3 blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the coast of the southern island province of Hainan at 3:10 pm on Monday.

Atop the 53-meter rocket, the craft entered a low Earth orbit, unfolded its solar panels at 3:22 pm and began to execute rapid autonomous rendezvous and docking procedures with China's Tiangong space station, the China Manned Space Agency said in a statement.

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