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China celebrates space docking success


12:58, December 16, 2011

Photo taken on Dec. 16, 2011 shows a rally to celebrate the success of China's first mission of space docking between the target orbiter Tiangong-1 and the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- China held Friday a rally to celebrate the success of the country's first mission of space docking between the target orbiter Tiangong-1 and the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft.

President Hu Jintao, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, gave a speech at the meeting.

Members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also attended the meeting.

After the Nov. 1 lift-off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Shenzhou-8 successfully rendezvoused and docked twice with the Tiangong-1 space lab module, which was launched from the same site on Sept. 29.

President Hu Jintao described the success of the space docking mission as a milestone in China's manned space program and a remarkable contribution to mankind's exploration of the outer space.

Hu commended Chinese space scientists and engineers for having achieved a number of breakthroughs in unmanned space tests, manned space mission, extravehicular activities and space docking over the past 19 years.

"The glorious achievement of China's manned space program has strengthened national cohesion and confidence of all Chinese people," Hu said.

"It has also strengthened Chinese people's will to continue the opening-up drive and reform, and pursue the great rejuvenation of Chinese nation on the way of socialism with Chinese characteristics," Hu said.

Hu said the CPC leadership and the socialist system provided "political advantage" for the progress of the country's manned space program.

The Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau officially approved China's manned space program on September 21, 1992.

China's first manned spacecraft Shenzhou-5, with astronaut Yang Liwei on board, successfully orbited the Earth for more than 21 hours and returned in October 2003.

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LevelField at 2011-12-1860.48.98.*
Tribute to all those who involved in this national space program, without them this project will never emerge. I have nothing to offer but just a simple ' Thank You '.
ind at 2011-12-17120.165.36.*
Congratulations, for the success of China, on the mastery of its advanced space technology, this pride is also felt by the overseas Chinese across the world,this has proved the genius brain of Chinese
Mishra,India at 2011-12-1692.98.20.*
Congrats to all Chinese ! ..the new space age will definitely have an Asian stamp..!!
ASEAN at 2011-12-16220.255.2.*
Congratulation to the Chinese people !Great work by the Chinese Scientists, Engineers, technicians, designers, etc.Great brains !

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