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China completes Tiangong-1 spacecraft assembly

08-17-2010 19:11 BJT

According to the spokesman of China's Manned Space Engineering Program, China has completed assembly of the Tiangong-1 target spacecraft.

Tiangong, meaning Heavenly Palace, weighs about 8 and a half tons. The spacecraft has a support and an experiment module which can carry much heavier loads than the China's Shenzhou spacecraft models.

It is also equipped with a docking system. The spacecraft will be lauched into orbit in 2011. The unmanned Shenzhou 8 mission is expected to dock about two years after Tiangong's launch.

According to the spokesman of China's Manned Space Engineering Program, China has completed assembly of the Tiangong-1 target spacecraft.
According to the spokesman of China's Manned Space Engineering Program, China has 
completed assembly of the Tiangong-1 target spacecraft.

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