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Three astronauts successfully docked with China’s new space station Saturday, state media said, on what is set to be Beijing’s longest crewed mission to date and the latest landmark in its drive to become a major space power.

The three blasted off shortly after midnight from the Jiuquan launch center in northwestern China’s Gobi Desert, the official Xinhua News Agency said, with the team expected to spend six months at the Tiangong space station.

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