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back to article Male, female Chinese 'nauts prep for trip to Heaven and back

China is gearing up for its first manned space docking mission, which will attempt to latch onto the Tiangong-1 space laboratory in mid-June. The Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft will blast off sometime this month to try to berth with the Heavenly Palace – the first module of China’s own space station. "The Shenzhou-9 will perform …

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Unhappy

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That's the second time this week I've clicked on an article, only to find it completely devoid of zero-gravity goings-on. I feel like I'm being shamelessly trolled here.

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Joke

Is Schenzhou-9 really the Heavenly Doghouse?

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Coat

Successful Touchdown

will be the real happy ending..

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Successful touchdown . . .

. . .will be accompanied by the sound of the West crapping itself.

shortly followed by 'dire warnings'

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Headmaster

"The lab has already managed to couple with Shenzhou-8..."

What was wrong with the word "dock" in this context?

Did the presence of a female astronauttaikonaut in the manned mission give you a case of the Freudian slips here?

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Anonymous Coward

Those aren't Freudian slips...

They are entirely intentional. (This is el Reg, after all.)

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Go

Good for China

If nothing else it will hopefully give the rest of the space industry a kick in the heavenly place and maybe start doing something more than LEO nonsense.

Bring on the moon missions and give me the moonbase I was promised I would be living on by now!

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Shuttle, why?

Then again "It can send human beings to space stations or space labs.", not mentioning any return. To misquote The Great Leader: China has such a population that it can afford sending taikonauts on one-way missions.

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Trollface

Space docking...

Yeah, my depraved mind went there.

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Unhappy

learn from history

Chinese treasure ships found to be boring and abandoned, followed by several centuries of being raped and pillaged with their own fireworks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_ship

Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, deemed expensive and unnecessary...

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Pint

boy oh boy

You know for a fact they will try and concieve a child in outer space for sure!

I am sure the pregnancy will held secret and the baby will be turned into a lab rat.

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Devil

Re: boy oh boy

The Chinese still seem to have an odd Lamarckian view that having been in space will change the progeny -they have grown 'space cucumbers' or something where the seeds have been for a voyage. So a lab rat (but single lab rat policy applies so only one ) is not out of the question.

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Re: boy oh boy

That's because that "odd Lamarckian view" is correct. Cosmic radiation that our atmosphere protects us from is exposed. And don't believe me, take it from NASA, who said that anyone on a proposed trip to Mars will suffer from increased chances of cancer and reduced fertility.

And what is up with that title? Male, female Chinese... could have just said Chinese...seriously, the editorial staff are rubbish.

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