Long March 2F rocket launches from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China
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China Shenzhou space mission launches successfully

China has successfully launched a rocket carrying an unmanned Shenzhou 8 space craft into orbit.

In a couple of days, the spacecraft will be in position to attempt to rendezvous and dock with the Tiangong-1 lab, launched in September.

It will be the first time China has joined two space vehicles together, something they must master if they want to build a space station by about 2020.

  • 31 Oct 2011