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China's first manned spacecraft was launched on a Long March 2F rocket
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- Title China's first manned spacecraft was launched on a Long March 2F rocket
- Released 15/10/2003 12:52 am
- Copyright AP Photo/Chinatopix
A Long March 2F rocket blasted off from the Gobi desert launch pad at 0900 (0100 UT), and the Shenzhou V spacecraft was orbiting Earth 10 minutes later. The craft, carrying Yang Liwei, is expected to orbit the Earth 14 times, for a total flight time of 22 hours.