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China's successful space docking mission a breakthrough: Russian expert (2)


22:25, November 17, 2011

"China's Tiangong-Shenzhou program has been conducted in both literal and metaphorical sense," Lisov said.

The commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, Chang Wanquan, said Thursday that the nation's first-ever space rendezvous and docking mission was a complete success.

The Shenzhou-8 spacecraft landed by parachute Thursday evening in China's northern grasslands.

Shenzhou-8, which blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Nov. 1, successfully docked twice with the orbiting module that had been launched from the same site on Sept. 29.

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