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Shenzhou-9 docks with Tiangong-1

Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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China's latest space mission to dock a manned capsule with their orbiting space lab has been a success.

The mission was launched on Saturday with three astronauts on board including China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang. The crew were able to successfully dock at the Tiangong-1 space lab using automated systems that took advantage of lasers and optic sensors to drive the spacecraft in to the lab's docking ring. Later the crew will back out again and attempt a manual docking.

"We've done over 1,500 simulations," said astronaut Liu Wang. "We've mastered the techniques and skills. China has first class technologies and astronauts, and therefore I'm confident we will fulfil the manual rendezvous."

"The latest Shenzhou mission was launched on Saturday, taking the nation's first female astronaut into orbit."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 June, 2012, 0:31
Chinese astronauts open door on orbiting research lab Flying on autopilot with three astronauts on-board, China's Shenzhou 9 spacecraft glided to a smooth docking with the Tiangong 1 space lab Monday, forming a small-scale space station 200 miles above Earth.Jing Haipeng, Shenzhou 9's veteran commander, was first to enter the laboratory module about three hours after the two vehicles docked at 0607 GMT (2:07 a.m. EDT; 2:07 p.m. Beijing time). Read more...
Comment icon #2 Posted by DONTEATUS on 19 June, 2012, 2:20
Great post Waspie !
Comment icon #3 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 19 June, 2012, 11:46
A mission to be proud of so far for China looking forward to a great successful mission to come.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Timonthy on 19 June, 2012, 12:46
With the amount of expendable resources I imagine China will have in the future, it's great to see they are investing in space.

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