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China set to launch fifth manned space mission

Monday, June 03, 2013 - 00:34

June 3 - China prepares for its fifth manned spacecraft launch scheduled for mid-June. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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Shenzhou 10, China's fifth-manned spacecraft, was transferred to its launch pad on Monday in preparation for its mid-June launch, carrying three astronauts to an experimental space module, state media reported. Both the ship and its Long-March 2-F rocket were moved to a remote site in the Gobi desert where a series of preparatory tests will be carried out, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Once in orbit, the Shenzhou 10 will link up with the Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) 1 module, which was moved into position last month, Xinhua added. The Shenzhou-10 will be China's fifth manned space mission since 2003, when astronaut Yang Liwei became the country's first person in orbit.

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China set to launch fifth manned space mission

Monday, June 03, 2013 - 00:34