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Shenzhou 9: China's 1st Manned Space Docking Mission (Pictures)

Shenzhou 9 in Transit

China Ministry of Defense

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rolls out to the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on June 9, 2012. The Shenzhou 9 mission will launch three astronauts on China's first manned space docking flight.

Shenzhou 9 in Transit

China Ministry of Defense

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rolls out to the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on June 9, 2012. The Shenzhou 9 mission will launch three astronauts on China's first manned space docking flight.

Crowds Wave at Shenzhou 9

China Ministry of Defense

Crowds wave the Chinese flag as a Chinese Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft rolls out to the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on June 9, 2012.

Command Hall of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

China Manned Space Engineering

Command Hall of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, where ground controllers will command the launch of Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft. Image released June 12, 2012.

System-Wide Test at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

China Manned Space Engineering

Workers conduct a system-wide test at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

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