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Reuters: Latest proof of China's rising space power

(People's Daily Online)

21:46, November 17, 2011

Beijing, Nov. 17 (People's Daily Online) --An unmanned Chinese spacecraft returned to Earth successfully on Thursday after more than two weeks in orbit, marking a pivotal moment for the rising power's plans to secure a long-term manned foothold in space.

The Shenzhou-8 spacecraft touched down in northern China's Inner Mongolia region after a fiery return to Earth, a live broadcast on Chinese television showed.

Reuters said the spacecraft's return is the latest show of China's growing prowess in space, alongside its growing military and diplomatic influence, at a time when budget restraints and shifting priorities have held back U.S. manned space launches.(Zhang Qian)

 
 
 
 
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