The launch of China’s third manned space flight, the Shenzhou VII, with a crew of three “taikonauts” has been set for October, state media reported on Thursday.

A short-list of six “taikonauts” or astronauts had already been selected for the flight and would be whittled down to a crew of three before the October launch, Xinhua news agency said, citing a spokesman for the mission.

“One member of the flight crew will undergo a space walk and undertake relevant scientific experiments,” the spokesman said.

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