On Monday, China successfully completed the second space docking in its history. According to state media, it will be another step towards the creation of habitable space station.
Docking occurred just 12 days after the Chinese were the first in the history of space "kiss" when Shenchzhou-8 joined to the experimental module Tiangong-1 at an altitude of 343 kilometers above the Earth.
These two unmanned spacecraft were together since their successful docking on November 3. On Monday, the Shenzhou-8 disconnected from the Tiangong-1 for half an hour, then re-docked with the module, according to the state news agency Xinhua.
Shenzhou spacecraft, whose name translates as "magic hook," is a modified version of the device, which was launched into space the first Chinese astronaut, which was part of an ambitious space program in the country.
China intends to complete the construction of the space station by 2020, which will require refined docking technology - a delicate maneuver that Russia and the United States took possession in 1960.
The complexity in the development of this technique is that the two ships that are on the same orbit, orbiting the Earth at a speed of several thousand kilometers per hour, and should reduce the distance without hurting each other.
Shenchzhou-8 was launched on 1 November from Jiuquan base in the northwestern province of Gansu. With the same base started Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly palace", on September 29. As stated by the representative of the Chinese space agency, Wu Ping, on Wednesday the Shenzhou-8 will return to Earth.
China sees its space program as a symbol of its global position, increasing research capacity and success of the Communist Party in the transformation of the country. Upon successful completion of the current mission, China will launch another two spacecraft next year, which also join hands with the Tiangong-1 - it will Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10, wherein at least one of them will be manned.