Shenzhou X mission commander Nie Haisheng salutes as he is flanked by astronauts Wang Yaping and Zhang Xiaoguang yesterday. Photo: AP

China launches first 'routine service mission' into space

The mainland's ambitious space programme has finished its experimental phase and begins regular service missions, authorities say

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Shenzhou X mission commander Nie Haisheng salutes as he is flanked by astronauts Wang Yaping and Zhang Xiaoguang yesterday. Photo: AP
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