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China's first manned space docking succeeds

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Shenzhou IX spacecraft docks with Tiangong-1 module, June 18, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]
 
 
BEIJING - The first manned space docking of China succeeded Monday afternoon with the coupling of the Shenzhou IX spacecraft and Tiangong-1 lab module, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.
The procedure began with the Shenzhou IX, with three astronauts aboard, moving to a location 52 km away from the Tiangong-1 at noon Monday. The spacecraft then slowly drifted toward the Tiangong-1 before making contact with the module at 2:07 pm.
The docking was completed in less than eight minutes.
China's first successful unmanned space docking was completed last year with the docking of the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft and the Tiangong-1.

 
Shenzhou IX spacecraft docks with Tiangong-1 module, June 18, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]
 
 
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