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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 embraced another milestone on Saturday morning as it launched its first female astronaut into space along with two male astronauts from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.
China will be extending its feats on Saturday as it launches its first 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’s unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft docked successfully early on Thursday with the Tiangong-1 space lab module, taking the country to new heights in the hopes of giving its astronauts a long-term presence in space.
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.
Taikonaut -- Taikonaut is a term used for as-yet hypothetical astronauts launched by China. China has, as of 2003, conducted a number of unmanned launches of its Shenzhou spacecraft. On January 2, Shanghai aerospace centre director Yuan Jie announced that they were aiming to launch their first manned mission in the second half of 2003. The term was coined by Western media based on the term "taikong" (å¤ªç©º in pinyin: tai4 kong1), Chinese for space. Compare to the term...