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China will launch its next manned spacecraft the Shenzhou 10 and its latest lunar satellite the Chang’e-3 next year.
The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft will further improve the country’s space docking technology, adding to the accomplishments made by the Shenzhou 9 earlier this year.
It will also perform a manual docking with the the Tiangong 1 space lab, which is currently orbiting the earth. The Chang’e-3 will explore the lunar surface and carry out various scientific and technological tests.
It will be the first time a Chinese space vehicle has made a soft landing on the moon. This year, China has already completed 19 space launches and the country’s space station is expected to be finished by 2020.
|The launch of the Shenzhou-9 took place on June 16th, and successful docking|
procedures with the orbiting space lab, Tiangong-1, both automatic and manual,
|Chang'e 2's primary mission was to orbit the moon at only|
100 kilometers from the surface.