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Jing Haipeng, commanding officer of China's first manned space rendezvous and docking mission, opened the docking passage's front door and entered the passage assisted by his crew mates Liu Wang and Liu Yang, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

  • Jing Haipeng, commanding officer of China's first manned space rendezvous and docking mission, opened the docking passage's front door and entered the passage assisted by his crew mates Liu Wang and Liu Yang, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

  • The graphics shows the procedure of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft automatic docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on June 18, 2012. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)

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  • The Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying China's manned Shenzhou-9 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, June 16, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

  • Photo taken on June 16, 2012 shows the screen at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center showing China's astronauts Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang making preparations for the launch of China's manned Shenzhou-9 spacecraft inside the return capsule. The spacecraft, which is expected to fulfill the country's first manned space docking mission, is set to be blasted off at 6:37 p.m. (1037 GMT) Saturday. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

  • Wu Bangguo (R, front), chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, attends the ceremony to see off three astronauts who are due to board the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft at the apartment compound called Wentiange, or "Ask-the-Sky Pavilion," in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, June 16, 2012. The three astronauts are Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

  • Staff members prepare for the launching of China's manned Shenzhou-9 spacecraft at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, June 16, 2012. The spacecraft, which is expected to fulfill the country's first manned space docking mission, is set to be blasted off at 6:37 p.m. (1037 GMT) Saturday. (Xinhua/Wang Yongzhuo)

  • China's taikonauts Jing Haipeng (C), Liu Wang (R) and Liu Yang attend the setting-out ceremony at the taikonauts' apartment compound of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province, June 16, 2012. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

  • This undated photo shows three taikonauts Jing Haipeng (C), Liu Wang (L) and Liu Yang attending a training in a capsule simulating the re-entry one of the Shenzhou-9 spaceship. They will be carried by the Shenzhou-9 spaceship for China’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. (Xinhua/Qin Xian’an)

  • Three astronauts, two male and one female, will board Shenzhou-9 spacecraft to fulfill China’s first manned space docking mission. They are Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and Liu Yang who is female, according to a decision made by China’s manned space docking program headquarters.

  • China’s Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft is in final preparations for its launch in mid-June, paving the way for China’s first manned space docking mission, as well as the country’s first space mission featuring a female astronaut. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

  • Photo taken on June 13, 2012 shows the launching tower of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft in Jiuquan, northwest China’s Gansu Province. China’s Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft is in final preparations for its launch in mid-June, paving the way for China’s first manned space docking mission, as well as the country’s first space mission featuring a female astronaut. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft, the Long March-2F rocket, and the escape tower are vertically transferred to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province, June 9, 2012. China will launch its Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft sometime in mid-June to perform the country’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module, a spokesperson with the country’s manned space program said here Saturday. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft, the Long March-2F rocket, and the escape tower are vertically transferred to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province, June 9, 2012. China will launch its Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft sometime in mid-June to perform the country’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module, a spokesperson with the country’s manned space program said here Saturday. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft, the Long March-2F rocket, and the escape tower are vertically transferred to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gansu Province, June 9, 2012. China will launch its Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft sometime in mid-June to perform the country’s first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module, a spokesperson with the country’s manned space program said here Saturday. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will face tests of thunder, high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions this summer ahead its launch, experts said Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will face tests of thunder, high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions this summer ahead its launch, experts said Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will face tests of thunder, high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions this summer ahead its launch, experts said Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will face tests of thunder, high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions this summer ahead its launch, experts said Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will face tests of thunder, high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions this summer ahead its launch, experts said Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will face tests of thunder, high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions this summer ahead its launch, experts said Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

  • The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will face tests of thunder, high temperatures and other adverse weather conditions this summer ahead its launch, experts said Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

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1.Which part of the launch of Shenzhou 9 spacecraft interests you most?
A. The interior of Shenzhou 9
B. Space docking with Tiangong 1 orbital module
C. How do astronauts live in space
D. Scientific experiments
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2.What does China’s Shenzhou 9 spacecraft mean to you?
A. It’s a potent political symbol
B. Chinese are one step closer to the moon
C. China makes progress in space science and technology
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