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JIUQUAN, CHINA: Astronaut Yang Liwei, 38 waves before being sent into space in Jiuquan 15 October 2003. China succesfully launched 16 October 2003 its first manned space flight, putting the country into an elite league of nations alongside Russia and the United States. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)