China launches spacecraft ahead of docking test (Reuters)

Employees transfer the Long March II-F rocket, loaded with Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, to the launchpad in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province October 26, 2011. REUTERS/China DailyReuters - China launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday ahead of a docking exercise that will be a key test of the rising power’s plans to secure a long-term manned foothold in space.

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