Space vehicles joining together in orbit
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Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit

China has completed its first space docking mission by joining two space vehicles together in orbit.

China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time.

The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab at 1729 GMT. The union occurred over China itself.

Being able to dock two space vehicles together is a necessary capability for China if it wants to start building a space station towards the end of the decade.

  • 03 Nov
  • From the section China