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China to launch Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in early November

(Xinhua)

13:13, October 26, 2011


The graphic shows the schematic image of Chinese space station. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)

JIUQUAN, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- China will launch the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft in early November at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

The spacecraft is expected to perform China's first space docking with Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace-1, a space lab module that was launched in September from the same launch center.

The Shenzhou-8 spacecraft and the carrier rocket, Long March-2F, are being vertically transferred to the launch pad at the center, marking the countdown of the blasting off of the unmanned spacecraft.

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