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China to complete several space missions in 2013

11-18-2012 09:47 BJT Special Report:Shenzhou 9 's Docking Mission with Tiangong 1 |

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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,
were completed.

 

Chang'e 2's primary mission was to orbit the moon at only
100 kilometers from the surface.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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