China’s unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 blasts off (AP)

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a modified model of the Long March CZ-2F rocket carrying the unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou-8 blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.  China's unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 blasted off Tuesday morning, the Chinese state media reported. It is the latest step in what will be a decade-long effort by China to place a manned permanent space station in orbit. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Gang) NO SALESAP - China’s unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 blasted off Tuesday morning, in the latest step in what will be a decade-long effort by the country to place a manned permanent space station in orbit.

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