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Chinese spacecraft completes successful manual docking

Beijing : China | Jun 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM PDT
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6/24/2012 China's Shenzhou 9's manual docking with Tiangong 1

The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft yesterday ( June 24) successfully linked with the Tiangong-1 module. The Chinese hope to build a space station by 2020. The first female astronaut was part of this mission.

Chinese mission control announced:“The first manual docking has been completed normally,” A joystick type device was used to dock the space ship. The alignment was actually said to be better than the automatic docking that happened last time.

The manual docking was one of the main tasks of the mission. The space mission is seen by China as a symbol of the country's growing global stature and technological expertise. For much more see this article.


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Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, salute in front of the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft in Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, salute in front of the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft in Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
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