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AFP: China's spacecraft launches on key mission

(People's Daily Online)

21:51, November 17, 2011

Beijing, Nov.17 (Zhang Qian People's Daily Online) --China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday to carry out a key docking mission, taking its next step towards the goal of building its first space station by 2020.

AFP indicated that China aims to complete construction of a space station by 2020, a goal that requires it to perfect docking technology–a delicate manoeuvre that the Russians and Americans successfully completed in the 1960s.

 
 
 
 
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