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Shenzhou-8 nears Tiangong-1 for space docking

11-02-2011 19:07 BJT Special Report:Building Heavenly Palace |

BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Shenzhou-8 spacecraft is ready to dock with Tiangong-1 space lab module after five swing-bys after its launch in early Tuesday morning, a command and control center said Wednesday.

The unmanned spacecraft, controlled and guided by the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center, arrived, at 5:05 p.m., at somewhere in space 52 km down behind the target modular orbiter, preparing for China's first space docking mission on a low earth orbit.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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