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    • 24 Jun 2012, 18:38

    China Shenzhou-9 spacecraft makes first manual docking

    BBC

    China has successfully completed its first ever manual docking of a spacecraft with another space module.

    Astronauts on the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft docked with the Tiangong-1 lab module without relying on an automated system.

    State television broadcast images of Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang and China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang, smiling after completing the exercise.

    The docking is seen as a key step in the building of a space station, which China hopes to finish by 2020.

    A manual docking procedure would be used in the event of a failure with the automated system...


    Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18567115

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