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China Poised for First Manned Spaceflight

September 20, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Preparations for China's first manned spaceflight are on track, a senior science official said this week, but he did not specify the timing of Beijing's bid to become the third country to put a human into orbit.

Official media have said the launch will take place this year. China has made four test flights of its Shenzhou spacecraft.

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