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Chinese President celebrates successful Shenzhou-7 launch

Source: Xinhua | 09-25-2008 22:00

Special Report:   Shenzhou-7 Manned Space Flight

JIUQUAN, Gansu, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese president Hu Jintao congratulated the country's space scientists and taikonauts on the successful launch of the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Thursday.

"The successful launch marked the first victory of theShenzhou-7 mission," Hu told Chinese experts and other work staff at the center after officials declared the spacecraft entered the preset orbit.

"On behalf of the Party Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission, I'd like to extend warm congratulations to all work staff and army forces participating in the mission," said Hu.

The manned spacecraft Shenzhou-7 blasted off on a Long March II-F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern Gansu Province at 9:10 p.m., after a breathtaking countdown to another milestone on China's space journey.


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Editor:Zhang Ning