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article imageChina sends 3 astronauts into space

By Saunon Malek     Jun 12, 2013 in World
In what has been China's fifth, longest manned launch into outer space, three astronauts have been sent to the Tiangong-1 Chinese space 'station', to transport materials to the lab, as well as enhance docking and manned space operations.
In a report published by CNN's Katie Hunt and Zhang Dayu, the astronauts left a launch center in the Gobi desert, aboard the Shenzhou 10 craft, propelled by a Long March-2F rocket, for a period of fifteen days.
The Tiangong-1, which is China's domestically produced and launched space station, has been in orbit since September of 2011. Dean Cheng, a researcher at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, has commented on the latest launch, "These longer duration missions and space dockings are essential practice for any kind of long-term, more permanent presence in space or a mission to, say, the moon."
Since the United States had closed its manned space launch program in 2011, only two countries have so far been capable of sending humans into outer space, being China and Russia. China still has much to advance in developing its space program, especially against its rival, Russia, whom has had decades of expertise, dating back to the time of the space-race.
However eventually, China will advance significantly, given its aggressive ambition towards its space program. Dean Cheng has quoted; "But like the tortoise and the hare, China is slowly catching up with the US."
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