Chinese officials have declared success for the Shenzhou 8 mission of their manned space program, after the capsule—designed for human transportation but unmanned on this occasion—returned to Earth in western China on Nov. 17. The chief objective of the mission was to show that Shenzhou 8 could dock with the Tiangong 1 orbital laboratory, which was also unmanned. The procedure was executed twice. The next two missions in the manned space program, Shenzhou 9 and 10, are due next year. At ...


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