September 1, 2014
BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese spacecraft carrying three astronauts has carried out a manual docking with an orbiting module, a first for the country as it strives to match American and Russian exploits in space.
The docking was shown live on national television. It follows a docking last week that was carried out by remote control from a ground base in China.
Astronauts have been living and working in the module for several days as part of preparations for manning a permanent space station.
China is hoping to join the United States and Russia as the only countries to send independently maintained space stations into orbit.