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China's next manned space mission will involve a three-person crew and is currently scheduled to take place as early as next summer.
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 fully completed its first-ever space rendezvous and docking mission on Thursday after Shenzhou-8 successfully landed back on Earth.
China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday morning, taking its space agency one step closer to having its own permanent manned space station.
State media said Wednesday that China has postponed the next step in its ambitious space station program until 2011 for technical issues.
The research team that developed Shenzhou VII, China's third manned space launch, will start final testing after arriving at a north-western satellite launch centre in a few days, said a space mission official here on Tuesday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Shenzhou VI spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere on Monday as the country's second manned spacecraft headed for a scheduled landing on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, Xinhua news agency said.
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