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By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft blasted off from a remote northwestern launch site on Wednesday, just two years after the country joined an elite club of space powers.
By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China sends its second manned mission into orbit from a remote launch site in the dusty northwest on Wednesday, just two years after joining an elite club of space powers.
Just two years after joining the exclusive club of spacefaring nations, China prepared Wednesday for its second manned flight from a launch pad in the Gobi Desert. A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 6 capsule and two astronauts was to blast off sometime Wednesday from the remote base in China's northwest.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is counting down to a manned space launch expected on Wednesday, joining an exclusive club of just three countries to put a man into space twice.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has scheduled the launch of its second manned spacecraft this week, aiming to join the exclusive club of just three countries to put a man into space twice.
China plans to launch two astronauts into orbit on its second manned space flight as early as this week, using the occasion to trumpet its ambitions as a global power. State media say the launch might happen Thursday - almost exactly two years after the first Chinese manned space mission in 2003 - but the date hasn't been confirmed by the government.
China's second manned space mission - and its first to carry two astronauts - is due to launch on Oct. 13, weather permitting, and return five days later, a state media report said.
China's first man in space, Yang Liwei, may make his big screen debut in a charity movie produced by filmmaker Tsui Hark, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Wednesday.
China hopes to launch its second manned space mission in October, two years after its first flight, a state newspaper reported Friday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is aiming to launch its second manned space capsule in October with two astronauts on a five- to six-day mission, the China Daily newspaper reported on Friday.