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A Chinese soldier salutes near the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rocket launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center near Jiuquan in western China's Gansu province, Saturday, June 16, 2012. China will send its first woman and two other astronauts into space Saturday to work on a temporary space station for about a week, in a key step toward becoming only the third nation to set up a permanent base in orbit. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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