China launches cargo space­craft:

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China on Thurs­day launched its first un­manned cargo space­craft on a mis­sion to dock with the coun­try’s space sta­tion. The Tianzhou 1 blasted off at 7:41 p.m. lo­cal time atop a Long March 7 rocket from China’s new­est space­craft launch site, Wen­chang, on the is­land of Hainan. It is pro­grammed to con­duct sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments af­ter reach­ing the now-crew­less Tian­gong 2, China’s sec­ond space sta­tion. A pair of Chi­nese as­tro­nauts spent 30 days aboard the sta­tion last year.

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