"The fact that China is going it alone here is significant," says Roger Launius, a historian at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. "It gains critical experience for China in long-duration missions, rendezvous and docking– something it must do to close the gap between it and the other spacefaring nations."
The crew is expected to The ability to shuttle crews between Earth and an orbital station will be a "significant step" for China, chief designer Zhou Jianping told China's official news agency, Xinhua. The
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