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Shenzhou-9 approaches Tiangong-1 from 400-meter berth point

(People's Daily Online)

11:59, June 24, 2012

China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft is approaching the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module from the berth point 400 meters away, preparing for a manual space docking.(people's Daily Online)

Beijing, June 24 (People's Daily Online)—China's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft is approaching the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module from the berth point 400 meters away, preparing for a manual space docking.

To leave room for adjustment, engineers set up four berth points for the spaceship on the same orbit five km, 400 meters, 140 meters and 30 meters away from the orbiting lab.

Shenzhou-9 kept an unchanged relative motion from the lab at each berth point for several minutes before the ground control center gives the go-ahead command for further moves.



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