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The Long March 2F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou XII spacecraft is moved to its launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gobi Desert. [Photo by Wang Jiangbo/chinadaily.com.cn]

>China to send 3 astronauts to space station


The Shenzhou XII manned spaceship will be launched at 9:22 am Thursday (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, the China Manned Space Agency announced on Wednesday. The spaceship will take three male astronauts - Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo - into space for the construction of China's space station, said Ji Qiming, assistant to the director of the CMSA, at a press conference held at the launch center.


After entering orbit, the spaceship will conduct a fast automated rendezvous and docking with the in-orbit space station core module Tianhe, forming a complex with the core module and the cargo craft Tianzhou-2.


The astronauts aboard Shenzhou XII will be stationed in the core module and remain in orbit for three months. The launch will be carried out with a Long March-2F carrier rocket, which will be filled with propellant on Wednesday morning, Ji said.


China's Zhang Yuning celebrates scoring his team's third goal with captain Wu Xi to wrap up a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Syria in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. The win secured China a spot in the final phase of Asian zone qualifying.

>China reaches final round of WC Asian Qualifiers


China secured a spot in the final round of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Asian zone Qualifiers after beating Syria 3-1 at a Group A match of World Cup Asian Qualifiers Round 2 in Sharjah, UAE, on Tuesday.


China's head coach Li Tie brought on the same 4-4-2 starting eleven as the game against the Philippines, and China had the upper hand throughout the match.


The final round of the Asian leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers will begin in September.



>Campaign to help senior citizens


Chinese authorities have issued a circular to start a nationwide campaign this year to help senior citizens cross the digital divide. A total of 20,000 volunteers will be recruited in 15 cities across China, including Beijing and Shanghai, to train the elderly to use new equipment, according to the circular, which was made public by the National Health Commission and the Office of the National Working Commission on Aging.


The circular calls on volunteers to address senior citizens' difficulties in using smartphones to accommodate their needs in traveling, receiving medical services and consumption.


Those aged 60 or above numbered 264.02 million on the Chinese mainland, according to the last national census.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, US, June 13, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Elon Musk to sell remaining house


Tech billionaire Elon Musk said Monday he planned to sell his "last remaining house."


Musk called the property in California's Bay Area, a "special place" and said he wanted to sell it to a large family.


Musk has repeatedly said he plans to sell most of his possessions, including all his houses, to fund a colony on Mars. He has said he wants to send 1 million people to Mars by 2050.


"It's going to take a lot of resources to build a city on Mars," Musk said in a December interview.


"I want to be able to contribute as much as possible to the city on Mars. That means just a lot of capital." Musk said last week he had sold all his other houses, and added he rented his main property in Boca Chica, Texas, from his aerospace company SpaceX.


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