China's successful launch of spacecraft Shenzhou-8

News Bharati    31-Oct-2011

Beijing, November 1 : China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 is successfully launched at 5:58 a.m. Beijing Time on Tuesday from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest desert area.

Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced that the launch of Shenzhou-8 spacecraft is successful. The spacecraft is expected to dock with Tiangong-1 space lab module that was sent into earth orbit on Sept. 29.

The rendezvous and docking maneuver will take place within two days after the launch of Shenzhou-8.It will build up experience for further docking with Shenzhou-9 and -10 in 2012 and the building of a permanent manned space station around 2020.