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Onward and upward as China marks 10 years of manned spaceflight

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China marks 10 years since it first sent a human into space Tuesday, with its ambitious programme rocketing ahead while rival NASA is largely closed due to the US government shutdown. 

Image taken on June 10, 2013 shows crew members of Shenzhou-10 (L-R) Wang Yaping, Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang at a press conference in Jiuquan, China

Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times during his 21-hour flight aboard the Shenzhou 5 in 2003, blazing a trail into the cosmos for China.

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