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China ready for second space docking

(People's Daily)

13:14, November 14, 2011

Screenshots show the procedure of Shenzhou-8 spacecraft docking with Tiangong-1 space lab module on Nov. 3, 2011.

Edited and translated by Li Zhenyu, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.14 (People's Daily Online) -- The unit formed by the Shenzhou 8 spacecraft and the Tiangong 1 lab module adjusted its position successfully yesterday night in preparation for the second docking.

The adjustment started at 10:37 p.m. Beijing Time on Sunday in the orbit around 343 kilometers above the Earth, under the precise control of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

The control centre confirmed that the combination of the two modules was in good condition and ready for their second docking.

The purpose of the second docking of the Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong 1 is to further test whether the docking system can withstand use under different conditions.

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