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sábado, 16 de junio de 2012

Chinese crew soars into orbit headed for station docking

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China's first female astronaut Liu Yang salutes during a sending off ceremony, as she departs for the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rocket launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, China, Saturday, June 16, 2012. China sent its first woman and two other astronauts into space Saturday to work on a temporary space station for about a week, in a key step toward becoming only the third nation to set up a permanent base in orbit...
Three astronauts blasted off Saturday on China's first manned docking mission, a significant step toward the country's ambition to develop an orbiting space station. Liftoff of the Long March rocket from northwest China occurred on time at 1037 GMT (6:37 a.m. EDT).

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