China Daily Mail

Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports that China’s manned space program spokesman announced yesterday that the manned spacecraftShenzhou-IX was expected to be launched in mid June at a selected opportune time to carry out China’s first manned space rendezvous.

It is said that a combination of the Shenzhou-IX space craft and Long March 2F rocket was moved to the launch pad yesterday. This means the launch of Shenzhou-IX has entered the backwards counting stage. In addition to its task of China’s first manned space rendezvous, Shenzhou-IX is to carry China’s first female astronaut to the space

According to China News Service, Shenzhou-IX has been filled with fuel and assembled with the carrier rocket to form an integrated combination. At 10:30am, the movable platform of the carrying combination moved out of the vertical assembly test plant of the manned spacecraft launching yard and arrived safely at the launching…

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