China to launch second space mission in October

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Friday, July 15, 2005

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China looks to launch it's second manned space mission in October, two years after it's first flight, a newspaper reported Friday. The government planned to launch a two-man crew into orbit in September or October on a five to six day flight.

The Shenzhou VI capsule will "preferably be launched in early October," said Sun Weigang the director of the Space Department of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said in the report in the China Daily newspaper. Chinese officials say to they plan to land an unmanned probe on the moon by 2010 and operate a space station.