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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 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 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.
A Chinese official said on Tuesday that the country plans to launch an experimental spacecraft next week that will be a big step in developing its first space station.
Chinaâ€™s most well-known astronaut said Friday that his country and the United States should make good on promises of cooperation in space made by their respective presidents.
The increasingly ambitious country is gearing up to build rockets for its budding space program with an eye towards landing astronauts on the moon.
China, working jointly with Russia, plans to launch its first Mars probe in October after a two-year delay, state media reported on Sunday.
State media said Wednesday that China has postponed the next step in its ambitious space station program until 2011 for technical issues.
China is planning to send its first woman into space as early as 2012, the state media announced on Thursday.
Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China's Third Manned Spacecraft Returns After Landmark Spacewalk"] Beijing, Sept.