The space race continues. China said Saturday that it is planning for a manned space docking in June, the first such out-of-this-world attempt by the country’s space agency. China’s official news agency said that astronauts will launch in “mid-June” to dock a Shenzhou 9 spacecraft with a Tiangong 1 orbital module. The space agency moved the rocket to the Jiuwuan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on Saturday for preliminary tests and inspections, Chinese media reported. One crew member will stay on the Shenzhou spacecraft as a safety precaution while other crew members cross over into the orbital module.
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