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4th Unmanned Space Capsule Is Launched

December 30, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

China's fourth unmanned space capsule, the Shenzhou IV, blasted into orbit today from the Gobi Desert in a launch that could soon lead to a manned flight, the official New China News Agency said.

The capsule carries equipment for manned flight, and life support and other systems will be tested in orbit.

A successful manned launch would make China the third country, after Russia and the U.S., to send a human into space on its own. At least two Chinese have been sent to Russia for astronaut training.

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