Space

Chinese crew first to dock with module

By Ted Bonnitt on June 27th, 2012
Chinese crew first to dock with module
First Chinese space crew aboard orbiting module
First Chinese space crew aboard orbiting module

The crew aboard China's Schenzou 9 spacecraft successfully completed the nation's first docking with the Tiangong 1 orbiting module this week.

The crew, which includes China's first woman astronaut received a congratulation call from Chinese President Hu Jintao, according to lock news reports.

The astronauts are reportedly in good spirits as their 13 day mission winds down.

China plans to build a larger, 60 ton space station by 2020.

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