China to establish manned space station around 2020
GOV.cn Thursday, November 3, 2011


Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China's manned space program, speaks during a press conference about the first docking of China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 and its space lab module Tiangong-1, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 3, 2011. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai) (Xinhua Photo)

China will establish a manned space station around 2020, the country's manned space program spokeswoman said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Wu Ping said at a press conference that China's spacecraft will conduct two more space docking missions in 2012. After that, the nation will begin to build a space lab and space station.

China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 and its space lab module Tiangong-1 rendezvoused early Thursday, successfully completing the country's first-ever space docking. 

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Editor: Mo Hong'e
Source: Xinhua