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Chinese space capsule docks with module on live TV [Video]

June 18, 2012 |  2:04 pm

Chinese television broadcast live footage from space Monday as a capsule flown by three astronauts docked with an orbiting module, another first for the Chinese space program. The video above, from CCTV, shows the two men and one women, known in China as taikonauts, at work as commentators explain what they're doing in English.

China is hoping to ultimately build its own space station, The Times' Barbara Demick wrote this weekend, when the capsule was launched. The Chinese space program, which has lagged behind those of the United States and Russia, is for China a point of pride and a chance to show off its technological progress.

The docking was expected to be the trickiest part of the mission, Demick wrote.


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Video: The Shenzhou 9 capsule docks with the Tiangong 1 module on Monday. Credit: CCTV