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OTD in Space - Sept. 25: China Launches Its 3rd Human Spaceflight Mission

On Sept. 25, 2008, China's space program launched its third human spaceflight mission, Shenzhou 7. [‘On This Day in Space’ Video Series on Space.com](https://www.space.com/39251-on-this-day-in-space.html) Three taikonauts blasted off in the Shenzhou spacecraft on a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. They spent three days in orbit and conducted the first ever spacewalk for the Chinese space program. They also deployed a mini satellite called Banxing, which was used to take photos and videos of the spacecraft.

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