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Shenzhou VI due to blast off in autumn 2005
Updated: 2005-01-20 23:35

Shenzhou VI manned spaceship is scheduled to blast off in September or October in 2005, said Sun Laiyan, director of China National Space Administration, Thursday.

The Shenzhou VI spaceship will undergo a four to five day flight, carrying two astronauts.

Astronauts will for the first time live in orbital capsule and carry out some scientific tests, said Sun.

Sun said so far the spaceship's re-entry module, orbital capsule and propulsion module are being equipped and preparation work for the launch is in full swing.

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