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Shenzhou 8: Photos From China's 1st Space Docking Mission

Shenzhou 8 Spacecraft Press Conference

China Manned Space Engineering Office

China manned space program spokeswoman Wu Ping speaks with reporters just before the launch of China's unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft at 5:58:07 a.m. on November 1 Local Time (about 6 p.m. EDT) on the country's first docking test flight to the Tiangong 1 space lab.

Shenzhou 8 Docking Diagram

China Manned Space Engineering Office

A graphic of Shenzhou 8's approach to the Tiangong 1 module on Nov. 2, 2011, Beijing time, to mark China's first space docking.

Shenzhou 8 Spacecraft Docks with Tiangong 1 Already in Orbit

China Manned Space Engineering Office

A view from onboard cameras aboard Chinese spacecraft during the docking of Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong 1 to form China's first mini-space station in orbit.

View of 2 Chinese Spacecraft Docking

China Manned Space Engineering Office

A view from onboard cameras aboard Chinese spacecraft during the docking of Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong 1 to form China's first mini-space station in orbit.

Shenzhou 8 Docking Approach Diagram

China Manned Space Engineering Office

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Shenzhou 8 Docking Diagram

China Manned Space Engineering Office

A graphic of Shenzhou 8's approach to the Tiangong 1 module on Nov. 2, 2011, Beijing time, to mark China's first space docking.

Shenzhou 8 Returns to Earth

CNTV

This screenshot of a CNTV Chinese news broadcast shows an infrared view of the unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft as it descends to Earth under its parachute on Nov. 17, 2011. The spacecraft landed in inner Mongolia to end China's first space docking mission.

Shenzhou 8 Has Landed

CNTV

A CNTV reporter stands next to China's Shenzhou 8 space capsule on Nov. 17, 2011 after the unmanned spacecraft landed in inner Mongolia after a nearly two-week mission that successfully performed China's first space dockings in orbit.

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