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

(Xinhua)

22:24, November 17, 2011

MOSCOW, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The just completed docking mission of China's unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft to the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module was a breakthrough for the country, a prominent Russian space expert said Thursday.

Igor Lisov said the successful mission manifested a certain level of China's technological development.

"Unlike Russia or the United States with their sometimes painful way to the stars, China climbs up on the ladder more rapidly, sometimes leaps over a few steps at once," Lisov said during an interview with Xinhua.

"China has reached the stage when it was ready to build an orbital station only after three manned space flights," he added.

The expert believed China would contribute more to mankind's space explorations.

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