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Carrier rocket for Shenzhou 8 arrives at Jiuquan

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The Long March 2F carrier rocket, which is set to send Shenzhou 8 spacecraft into space, on Sunday arrived at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province.

The Long March 2F carrier rocket, which is set to send Shenzhou 8 spacecraft into
space, on Sunday arrived at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's
Gansu province. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Shuangfeng]

The rocket will undergo a series of tests at the center.

Shenzhou 8 is expected to dock with Tiangong-I, China's first prototype space lab, after its launch in early November.

During its two-year lifetime, Tiangong-I, which is scheduled to blast off in Jiuquan next week, will perform two unmanned docking missions with Shenzhou 8 and serve as a test pad for future manned docking missions with Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10.

The Long March 2F carrier rocket, which is set to send Shenzhou 8 spacecraft into
space, was unveiled on Sunday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. [Photo:
CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Shuangfeng]

The Long March 2F carrier rocket is lifted and turned around to get ready for
assembly.[Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Shuangfeng]

The Long March 2F carrier rocket is being turned around to get ready for assembly.
[Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Shuangfeng]

Propeller of the Long March 2F carrier rocket, which on Sunday arrived at the
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu province. [Photo:
CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Shuangfeng]

Propeller of the Long March 2F carrier rocket, which on Sunday arrived at the
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Shuangfeng]

The Long March 2F carrier rocket, which is set to send Shenzhou 8 spacecraft into
space, will be assembled at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch center. [Photo:
CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Shuangfeng]

Tiangong I, China's first prototype space lab, is expected to launch at the Jiuquan
Satellite Launch Center between Sept. 27th and 30th. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang
Shuangfeng]

 

 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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