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China Counting Down To Second Manned Space Flight

11 October 2005 -- China says it will launch its second manned space flight sometime between 12 October and 15 October.

The official Xinhua news agency said today that the Shenzhou Six spacecraft will carry two astronauts and will be launched from northwest Gansu Province.

The announcement said Chinese state television will broadcast the launch live.

China became the third country -- after the former Soviet Union and the United States - to put a man into space when Colonel Yang Liwei orbited earth 14 times in October 2003.


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