1. Infinity and Beyond

    China to Launch Spacecraft in 2013

    (FILES) This file photo taken on June 16, 2012 shows the Shenzhou-9 -- China's fourth manned space mission -- blasting off from the Jiuquan space base, in northwest China's Gansu province in the remote Gobi desert.  China will next year attempt to land an exploratory craft on the moon for the first time, state media reported, in the latest project in the country's ambitious space programme.  China's third lunar probe will blast off in the second half of 2013, the state news agency reported late on July 30, 2012.

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    Houston, we have company. China announced plans on Saturday to launch its Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in early June 2013, representing a huge step for a country that hopes to construct its own space station by 2020. The new shuttle is expected to carry three astronauts. The announcement comes on the heels of the successful launch of the Shenzhou 9 ship last June, which was China's fourth manned mission since 2003—and put its first woman in space.

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