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China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-9 blasts off

posted 16 Jun 2012, 04:29 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 16 Jun 2012, 04:30 ]

China-Shenzhou-9/Blast Off -- China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-9 blasts off

CCTV BEIJING - China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou-9 blasted off at 18:37 Beijing Time Saturday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province.

The spacecraft, carried by the Long-March II-F carrier rocket, is expected to dock with Tiangong-1 space lab module that was sent into space on September 29, 2011.

The rendezvous and docking maneuver will take place for two times, automatically and manually.

The Shenzhou-9's three crew members, including one female, will board the Tiangong-1 after the docking is completed, living there and conducting scientific experiments.

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