June 9th, 2012
06:13 AM ET

State media: China to launch manned spacecraft this month

China plans to launch a manned spacecraft this month to dock with a space lab that has been orbiting the earth since September, state media reported Saturday.

The Shenzhou-9 was moved to a launch platform Saturday to allow scientists to conduct tests before the mid-June flight, Xinhua news agency reported.

This will be China's first crew expedition involving manual docking. If all goes as planned, it will be the third nation, next to the U.S. and Russia, to dock capsules in space.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Never On Time"

    Another financial challenge for Lee Fong's Lumberyard. At least he knows his well spent dollars at Walmart is going to a little more than financing the genocide of al-Assads' lunacy.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Agree with that! Sad that we are bombarded with products made with the hands of slaves, some of them children. We, supposedly stand for freedom,.but financially support communist regimes.

      June 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good morning @ Jeff Frank
    Largely unnoticed by most of us China and Russia have been gravitating to an emerging power center as allies. Ever since we embarked on the self destructive trail of warfare and a failed foreign policy based on military intervention.
    They have been profiting from our follies without expanding their national treasure or lives.
    Russia stands firmly behind Al-Assad regime in Syria and China is no longer an obstacle to them.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Its anotherthing though that the blood shed ande violence in Syria is no longer controlled by the regime alone. There are other outside players involved.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    What in the hell does the sectarian wars between the Shia and Sunni in Syria have to do with the Chinese advances in space technology?

    June 9, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Portland tony

    my post was in response to @Jeff's point on China financing genocide in Syria. Which is so far off the mark.
    And its not just the Shia,Sunni divide there. Its much more.
    Both Russia and China would rather that Al-Assad regime stays in power rather than providing the Western powers to intervene overtly. Just as those countries allied against Russian influence and Iran would rather get the go for military action. So who this 'genocide' serves?

    June 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      There maybe outside political influence in Syria and if the west tosses Assad out, you will have a blood bath that pales in comparison to what's happening now. 70% of the country is populated with varied Sunni sects, who can't get along. The ruling Shia along with the 2 million Christians and other minorities would certainly bear the brunt of any Sunni takeover. You forget that Hezbollah favors the Shia rule and their involvement should Assad fall would be catastrophic. Russia could care
      less what happens as long as their supply
      base is left open and arm sales continue.

      June 9, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    As for China and space tech. This is expected. And why is it a surprise?

    June 9, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    The psychology professor had just finished a lecture on mental health and was giving an oral test.

    Speaking specifically about manic depression, she asked, "How would you diagnose a patient who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits in a chair weeping uncontrollably the next?"

    A sports-minded young man in the rear raised his hand and answered, "He's probably a basketball coach?"

    June 9, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • unknown

      seems that you have NO sense of how blessed you are NOT to be "manic depressive"
      That was uncalled for!
      You have no idea ...

      June 9, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    We needed that@bobcat.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Yeah

    China to launch Boeing Aircraft out of business too. (just like they did the world's premier builders of nuclear powerplants, Kellog Brown&Root, who now collect trash for a living. Really. That's what they do now, thanks to China paying 27 bucks per bbl. for Bushco oil flowing through Afghan pipelines, with taxpayers paying for corporate security. (aka US troops)

    June 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      I wouldn't doubt it... Bushco, built from the ground up with, just, one itzy-bitzy stimulus package.

      America weeps...

      June 9, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hope

    Maybe they'll find a tranquil civilization of aliens, induct them into their army, supply them with uniforms and have them march in their orb of peace every Saturday for the Emperor's enjoyment.

    Space: The Final Expansion,


    June 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip (manic depressive, diagnosed as)

    Gm@saywhat. I wish you could see that all of the worlds powerful governments (those with veto power over the entire United Nations) are all on the same page: One World Government/Military.
    WE ALREADY HAVE, AND HAVE HAD, A new World Order economy ran by one single bank located in Basil. (Tower of Basil) International borders fell for profit years ago, and only stand to keep people divided as they are robbed blind by the world's federal reserves.
    Did you think Soviets were allowed to closely inspect the 40 trillion dollars worth of secret(to US CITIZENS) underground facilities built in the US during the "Cold War" with US officials inspecting those in the USSR(that russian citizens were kept in the dark about) b/c US and USSR were enemies? Really?
    Even to this day, few US citizens even know about Nazi programs captured and continued in Russia and the USA adter WWII, nor do they have a clue about 40 trillion dollars worth of underground facilities to house them.

    June 9, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©,

    A big-game hunter went on safari with his wife and mother-in-law. One evening, while still deep in the jungle, the mom awoke to find her mother-in-law gone. Rushing to her husband, she insisted on them both trying to find her mother.

    The hunter picked up his rifle, took a swig of whiskey, and started to look for her. In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight the mother-in-law was backed up against a thick, impenetrable bush, and a large male lion stood facing her.

    The wife cried, "What are we going to do?"

    "Nothing," said the hunter husband. "The lion got himself into this mess, let him get himself out of it."

    June 9, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. a joke

    There was an old lady who lived in her shoe
    She had so many illegitimate children
    She knew exactly what to do
    Apply for welfare
    Abort till her uterus falls out
    And vote liberal, of course
    Ha ha? See? Not funny about manic depression.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Never On Time"

    Good morning saywhat, Porrtland Tony, bobcat, Hope, Phillip, and trolls.
    Tony, I guess the reason I said what I did is that a communist country usually takes the proceeds or profits from companys and individuals "for the common good" of almost 1 billion people. And the space program didn't have thier (John Glenns and Alan Shepard types), until the mid 80's.
    And yes what they bide thier time in to make thier system work essentially will never work, hence all the class struggles, and marches in Tinnamen Square.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Good Morning, Jeff Frank.

      You're right on time, in my opinion. And, as there are apologies to be expressed, I extend mine to you.

      Take Care,

      June 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Never On Time"

    Please don't get me wrong. The average Chinese, are good people. But the upper eschelon of the government, are like (as I sometimes say) 90% of the people in the world, that just want to be good persons, but for some unforseen reason, they "just don't get it".

    June 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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