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A boost to China's space ambitions

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A boost to China's space ambitions


It is being described as a major test of China’s ability to gain a long-term foothold in space.

The unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft has blasted off from northwestern China.

This is part of a plan for a docking exercise with another craft, an unmanned experimental module launched in September.

China wants to eventually establish a manned space laboratory.

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