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China to launch Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in early November

10-26-2011 14:47 BJT Special Report: Tiangong I - China's first space rendezvous and docking task |

JIUQUAN, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in early November at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

The spacecraft is expected to perform China's first space docking with Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace-1, a space lab module that was launched in September from the same launch center.

The Shenzhou-8 spacecraft and the carrier rocket, Long March-2F, are being vertically transferred to the launch pad at the center, marking the countdown of the blasting off of the unmanned spacecraft.

The Shenzhou VIII spacecraft is assembled with the Long-March II-F rocket at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gansu province on Oct 23, 2011. The unmanned Shenzhou VIII, part of China's first spacecraft rendezvous and docking mission, was reported to be launched in early November.[Photo/CFP]

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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