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China confident in launch of Tiangong-1

09-28-2011 16:46 BJT Special Report:Tiangong I - China's first space rendezvous and docking task |

JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China is confident in the upcoming launch of its first space lab module Tiangong-1, although space launches are highly risky, said Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China's manned space program, at a press conference Wednesday.

Despite August's failed satellite launch, China remains full of confidence and anticipation, Wu said.

She said among the more than 1,600 space launches around the world since 1990, 93.7 percent were successful, while China has successfully conducted 94.4 percent of its nearly 130 space launches.

Tiangong-1 is scheduled to be launched between 9:16 p.m. and 9:31 p.m. Thursday, she said.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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