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Monday, June 19, 2017, 16:48
China's Tianzhou-1 completes second docking with space lab
By Xinhua
Monday, June 19, 2017, 16:48 By Xinhua

A screenshot from CCTV shows the procedure of Tianzhou 1 cargo spacecraft automated docking with Tiangong 2 space lab on April 22, 2017. (China Daily)

BEIJING - China's Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft completed its second docking with Tiangong-2 space lab at 2:55 pm Monday, after flying around the space lab.

Tianzhou-1 separated from Tiangong-2 on Monday morning and then flew around the space lab, according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office.

Tianzhou-1, China's first cargo spacecraft, was launched on April 20 from south China's Hainan Province, and it completed automated docking with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab on April 22.

The two spacecraft completed their first in-orbit refueling on April 27 and their second in-orbit refueling on June 15. 

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