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Numerous risk-control efforts for manned space mission: spokeswoman

(Xinhua)

17:32, June 15, 2012

JIUQUAN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Numerous research and drills have been made to prevent risks during China's first manned space docking mission, manned space program spokeswoman Wu Ping said Friday.

Chinese scientists have made dozens of technical upgrades on the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and the rocket in order to make them more reliable, Wu said at a press conference held one day before the Shenzhou-9 is launched into space to dock with the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module.

The crew of the Shenzhou-9, including two male and one female astronauts, have conducted over 1,500 manual docking drills, Wu said.

More than 500 emergency plans for malfunction, including some 100 for the manual rendezvous and docking, have been drawn up and a sufficient number of simulations have been conducted, she said.

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