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2005-07-15 09:27:20

BEIJING (AP) -- China hopes to launch its second manned space mission in October, two years after its first flight, a state newspaper reported Friday. Earlier reports said the government planned to launch a two-man crew into orbit in September or October on a five- to six-day flight. The Shenzhou VI capsule will "preferably be launched in early October," Sun Weigang, director of the Space Department of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., said in the report in the China Daily...

2004-12-22 13:37:43

BEIJING (AP) -- China gave a rare glimpse Wednesday of astronauts preparing for its second manned space mission, with state television showing trainees in simulated zero gravity doing somersaults and holding up the national flag. "The training has been going very smoothly," said Col. Yang Liwei, who made history on Oct. 15, 2003, as China's first man in space. "We have had no problems at all." China says its next flight will send two astronauts into orbit in late 2005, two years after...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'