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Chinese officials have announced the upcoming launch of the country’s next manned space flight – which is set for Tuesday evening, local time.
A trio of Chinese astronauts manually docked the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft to an orbiting laboratory module on Sunday, achieving success in the first such attempt in the history of that nation's space program.
China made history Monday with its first successful manned docking mission just two days after it sent 3 astronauts, including the first Chinese woman, into space aboard its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft.
China is readying a spaceflight that will feature the country’s first female in orbit. The decision will be decided soon as to which of two candidates will be allowed into orbit.
China is apparently planning to launch a manned spacecraft sometime in June, with state media reports suggesting that the vehicle will be docking with a mobile space lab that has been orbiting Earth since last September.
China news agency Xinhua reported on Friday that the country's space agency will be launching its next manned space mission sometime between June and August.
China fully completed its first-ever space rendezvous and docking mission on Thursday after Shenzhou-8 successfully landed back on Earth.
China successfully docked space modules together for a second time on Monday, according to its Xinhua news agency.
China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday morning, taking its space agency one step closer to having its own permanent manned space station.
China is planning to launch two manned space flights in 2012 as it prepares to secure a long-term manned presence in space, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Monday.
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