China Launches Second Shenzhou Mission - With Animals Aboard

China According to China's Xinhua news agency China launched a second Shenzhou spacecraft early Wednesday morning. Shenzhou II was launched from the Jiuquan range in northwestern China. The configuration of the vehicle is identical to that which will be used to carry humans into space. Some unspecified research animals are also being carried aboard the spacecraft. While no date for a human mission has been given this flight is designed to flight qualify the vehicle for human use.

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