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7. Tiangong & Shenzhou space docking

The photo taken on June 18, 2012 shows the screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft conducts an automatic docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module. Photo: Xinhua .

Manned spacecraft Shenzhou 9 was launched on June 16 this year, and its three astronauts spent more than 10 days in space. They successfully completed the first manned rendezvous and docking mission with Tiangong 1 as well as a number of experiments, making huge breakthroughs for China's manned space engineering program. 
China is the third country after the US and Russia to independently develop manned spaceflight, space walking and space docking technologies.

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