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Shenzhou-10 completes manual docking with space module
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2013-06-24

BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhua) -- China's Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft successfully completed a manual docking procedure with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module at 10:07 a.m. Sunday, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Launched on June 11 from northwest China's Gobi desert, the Shenzhou-10 successfully completed an automated docking procedure with the Tiangong-1 on June 13, with three astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-10 entering the space module.

At 8:26 a.m. Sunday, the spacecraft was manually separated from the Tiangong-1 module.

After the Beijing Aerospace Control Center remotely examined the spacecraft and the module, the Shenzhou-10 approached the module, with astronaut Nie Haisheng piloting the spacecraft and the other two crew members, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping, monitoring instruments and making sure the craft was on target.

At 10:00 a.m. the spacecraft made contact with the Tiangong-1 and at 10:07, the two connected.

According to their mission schedule, the astronauts will enter the space module again and carry out scientific experiments.

The Shenzhou-10 is China's fifth manned spacecraft. Its current flight is China's first application-orientated space flight since the country's manned space program started in 1992.