They were confident they could do it, and they did it. Just a few days after Chinese officials said with unusual boldness that they expected no trouble in achieving their first space docking, the Shenzhou 8 capsule opened the way for the Chinese manned space program by closing on the Tiangong 1 docking target and solidly connecting to it. The rocket that launched Shenzhou 8 on Nov. 1 performed with exceptional precision, say space program officials, again satisfied with hitting ...

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