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Shenzhou VI to fly five to seven days in space

PLA Daily 2004-02-24

BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Shenzhou VI, China's second manned space flight to be launched next year, is scheduled to fly five to seven days, says Wang Yongzhi, chief designer of China's manned space program.

Two astronauts were expected to fly in Shenzhou VI, China's CCTV quoted Wang as saying. The design resembles that of Shenzhou V, but this time, the astronauts would step into the orbital module and conduct various types of experiments there.

A Long March II F carrier rocket would still launch the space flight. The rocket was in production and preparations for ShenzhouVI's flight had begun, Wang acknowledged.

Wang went on to say that the astronaut team was to start training for the Shenzhou VI flight in March. Yang Liwei, a memberof the team, successfully completed China's first manned space flight in October last year.

China would launch a space station of larger scale with greaterexperimental capacity following Shenzhou VII and Shenzhou VIII, Wang told CCTV.

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