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UN outer space official "proud of" China's success in space docking

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13:47, November 04, 2011

Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs Mazlan Othman is interviewed in Vienna, capital of Austria, on Nov. 3, 2011. The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs on Thursday congratulated China on the successful docking of the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft with the Tiangong-1 space laboratory. (Xinhua/Xu Liang)

VIENNA, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Mazlan Othman congratulated China's success in space docking and praised its commitment to peaceful use of outer space.

"I'd like to extend our warmest and deepest congratulations to the government and the people of China for the successful docking between the Shenzhou-8 and Tiangong-1," Othman said in an interview with Xinhua here on Thursday.

"We are very proud of China's development and the incredible progress that China is making today," she said.

The docking has made China the third country to have independently developed space docking technology after the United States and Russia.

It was an important step for China's next step in establishing a permanent orbiting space station, she added.


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