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China successfully launched the Tianzhou-3 spacecraft Monday to transport materials and supplies to the space station the country is building and expects to be operational next year.

Images broadcast live on state television CGTN showed the rocket taking off after 3:00 pm local time (07:00 GMT) from the Wenchang space base on the southern Chinese island of Hainan. EFE

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