Three Chinese astronauts on the country's longest manned space mission on Sunday succeeded in manually docking their spacecraft with a module orbiting Earth, state media said.
Chinese astronauts (left to right) Wang Yaping, Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang waving after they entered the Tiangong-1 space module, on June 13, 2013. The three astronauts on China's longest manned space mission have succeeded in manually docking their spacecraft with a module orbiting Earth.
Docking techniques are a crucial element of China's space programme, which aims to build a station orbiting the planet by 2020.
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