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China: Spacecraft Shenzhou-10 Transferred to Launching Site

By: RTV/CCTV/CBS
By: RTV/CCTV/CBS

The Shenzhou-10 went into the final phase of pre-launch preparations as the spacecraft and its carrier rocket being transferred to launching site at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China

A vendor assembles a model showing the Shenzhou 9 space craft docked with the Tiangong 1 space module with three astronauts a day after the successful launch of the space rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, China, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Shenzhou-10 went into the final phase of pre-launch preparations as the spacecraft and its carrier rocket being transferred to launching site at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province on Monday.

The Long March 2-F rocket was vertically transferred to launching site from technical area on Monday morning, according to the launch center, which means that it is ready for the launch mission in mid June.

It will take three astronauts to the orbiting Tiangong-1 space station, which was visited by the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft last year.

The center said all preparation work is going on smoothly, and astronauts have finished all training programs as scheduled. Some test work for the functions of the spacecraft and the carrier rocket will be conducted in following days.

After the confirm of its final state, the rocket will be injected with propellant, which is the last step before launch.


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