Casual Friday — watch Shenzhou-8 dock with Tiangong-1

So now China’s joined the orbital “club,” and performed it’s first rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft (direct link):

Granted, it’s been a while since the U.S. and Russians (previously Soviets) started doing this sort of thing. Still, this is an impressive performance for a first attempt — and was even done autonomously (something the U.S. and Russia prefer to avoid).

Now if the politicians could just get comfortable with letting China join the ISS…

More on this event here:

China Succeeds in First Space Docking by 2 Spaceships |

BBC News – Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit

Spaceflight Now | Successful docking catapults China into elite space club

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