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    Taikonauts in orbit salute China's manned space program on 30th anniversary

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    BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) — The taikonauts of Shenzhou-14, aboard the Tiangong space station, on Wednesday returned an alien salute to all participants in China‘s 30-year-old manned space program.

    In a celebratory video message released by the China Manned Space Agency, astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe raised their right hands to their heads, expressing their appreciation for the country’s achievements in exploration human space.”We pay the utmost respect to veteran leaders, experts and all staff members who have made outstanding contributions to the project over the past 30 years,” said Chen, also commander of the crew, in the video. The three taikonauts were also seen stamping a commemorative envelope, which is imprinted with an image of the T-shaped space station that China aims to complete construction by the end of 2022. China approved its manned space program on September 21, 1992. After three decades of effort, the country will soon complete construction of its first-ever space station in orbit, with the last major component, the Mengtian Laboratory Module, slated to be launched in October.

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