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China to Recruit Civilian Astronauts, Boost Crewed Missions

China says it plans to begin recruiting civilian astronauts for its military-backed space program and increase the number of crewed missions to around two a year. The deputy director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, Yang Liwei, says China's third batch of astronaut trainees will include recruits from industry, research institutions and universities who will help build and crew China's independent space station. Yang, who became China's first man in space in...

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