Chinese astronauts plan to execute their country’s first manual space docking maneuver on June 24, six days after the automatic docking of their Shenzhou 9 spacecraft allowed them to move into the Tiangong orbital laboratory. The June 18 transfer was the first time that astronauts had floated from one Chinese spacecraft to another. While state media are trumpeting the success of the automatic docking maneuver, which was not China’s first, the chief engineer of the manned spaceflight ...


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