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2005-10-12 23:54:16

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China's reach into space, joining an elite club of nations setting their exploratory sights beyond Earth, is posing a serious challenge to the United States which could have military implications, analysts said. China on Wednesday successfully launched its second manned space mission, albeit aboard a ship based on an old Soviet design, but Beijing does not plan to stop there. A mission to the moon and even an orbiting space station are on the...

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2005-10-13 06:50:00

BEIJING -- China's reach into space, joining an elite club of nations setting their exploratory sights beyond Earth, is posing a serious challenge to the United States which could have military implications, analysts said. China on Wednesday successfully launched its second manned space mission, albeit aboard a ship based on an old Soviet design, but Beijing does not plan to stop there. A mission to the moon and even an orbiting space station are on the cards, at a time when the world's only...

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2005-10-12 16:55:00

BEIJING -- Chinese exulted at their country's second manned space flight Wednesday after the government eased its secrecy and showed the launch of two astronauts on live television, scoring a success in a costly program that communist leaders hope will win them respect abroad and public support at home. Children in Shanghai watched in class and hundreds of people gathered around a giant video screen at Beijing's main railway station to see astronauts Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng blast off...

2005-10-11 20:35:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, just two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Junlong, 40, and Nie Haisheng, 41, were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. Their mission is due to last five days. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the two as saying before the...

2005-10-11 20:25:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft entered orbit after blasting off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, state media said, just two years after the country joined the elite club of space powers.

2005-10-11 20:14:42

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, just two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers. Astronauts Fei Julong and Nie Haisheng were handpicked from 14 fighter pilots and had been in the running for China's first manned space launch in 2003. Their mission is due to last five days. "There is nothing to worry about," state television quoted the two as saying before the launch as a light...

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2005-10-11 18:35:00

JIAYUGUAN, China (AP) -- Just two years after joining the exclusive club of spacefaring nations, China prepared Wednesday for its second manned flight from a launch pad in the Gobi Desert. A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 6 capsule and two astronauts was to blast off sometime Wednesday from the remote base in China's northwest, the official Xinhua News Agency said. In a break with the space agency's typical secrecy, Xinhua said a live broadcast of the entire flight would be provided to foreign...

2005-10-10 19:41:29

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is counting down to a manned space launch expected on Wednesday, joining an exclusive club of just three countries to put a man into space twice. The Shenzhou VI would blast off in northwest China "at a proper time" between October 12 and 15, China's official Xinhua news agency said, citing an official with China's space program. But a source told Reuters that the Shenzhou VI would blast off on Wednesday, a day after the Communist Party finishes a major...

2005-10-10 18:43:06

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has scheduled the launch of its second manned spacecraft this week, aiming to join the exclusive club of just three countries to put a man into space twice. The official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday the Shenzhou VI would set off from a launch center in northwest China "at a proper time" between October 12 and 15, citing an official with China's manned space program. The spacecraft, with two astronauts aboard, would blast off from the Jiuquan Satellite...

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2005-10-10 16:20:00

BEIJING -- China plans to launch two astronauts into orbit Wednesday for a mission lasting several days that is meant to seal its status as an emerging space power. The mission, which reportedly could last up to five days, is more ambitious and riskier than China's first manned space flight two years ago, which lasted just 21 1/2 hours. Foreign reporters are barred from the remote base in the Gobi Desert in China's northwest. A handful of Chinese journalists, including some from Hong Kong,...


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