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In another step toward building an operational space station, China launches an unmanned Shenzhou capsule for automated docking tests with a prototype lab module.
China's fourth manned space flight ended with a jarring touchdown in Inner Mongolia after a successful flight to test docking procedures and techniques needed for building a Mir-class space station later this decade.
In yet another Web publishing gaffe of late, China's official news agency publishes details on the Shenzhou 7 mission--including in-flight astronaut dialogue--before it had even launched.
In another step toward learning how to build a space station, Chinese astronauts successfully docked with a prototype lab module after an automated approach.
In another deliberate step toward building a space station later this decade, China launched two men and the country's first female astronaut on a flight to dock with a prototype laboratory module.
The Chinese space program entered a new phase today with its launch of a prototype space station module that will be used to perfect technology needed for assembly of a large lab complex later this decade.
China puts its stamp on manned lunar missions, while emphasizing peaceful use of space.
China's new Space Post Office offers a direct digital link to the postal beyond.