China’s state media says the country has moved one step closer to setting up its own space station, with two spacecraft docking successfully above the earth.
The Xinhua News Agency says the unmanned spacecraft Shenzhou 8 docked Thursday morning with the Tiangong 1 module now in orbit. Shenzhou 8 launched Tuesday.
China launched its own space station program after being turned away in its attempts to join the 16-nation International Space Station. That was largely on objections from the United States.
The U.S. is wary of the Chinese space program’s military links.
China plans two more missions — at least one of them manned — to meet up with the Tiangong 1 module next year for further practice.
– AP -(Beijing)