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Chinese pride at 2nd manned space flight

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So far so good – the message from space from China’s newest heroes. After a flawless launch the country’s second manned space mission is reported to be going well in its five-day orbit of the planet.

The first venture was a solo flight – this latest involves two astronauts. Much of Beijing came to a standstill to watch the blast-off. “I was really nervous, it’s just the second time China has done this. I feel so happy,” said one woman who watched the event on a large outdoor screen. “I feel really emotional, like this is a proud monument for Chinese people all over the world and for humankind,” another man said. China is a latecomer to the space race but is showing no less enthusiasm than the established powers. Beijing has set up a national astronaut training centre – only the third such facility in the world.