Shenzhou III to Launch this month

From: Jonathan T Wojack (
Date: Tue Jan 01 2002 - 14:35:47 EST

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    China's Third Unmanned Space Flight Expected Next Month
    The launch center for Shenzhou missions 
    Beijing (AFP) Nov 23, 2001
    China's fledgling space program will launch an unmanned test flight next
    month, the third in a series expected to herald a manned trip by as early
    as 2003, industry sources said Friday.
    "Shenzhou III (Divine Vessel III) is likely to be launched next month
    from the Jiuquan Space Center" in northwest China's Gansu province, said
    Chen Lan, an independent Chinese space analyst who runs the "Go
    Taikonauts" website.
    China said a couple of months ago that it plans to acheive manned space
    flight capability by 2005, and launch a space station, and Chinese to the
    Moon by 2016.  Looks like Space Race, Round II, is just around the
    Jonathan T. Wojack       
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