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Chinese Spacecraft Expected to Land Monday


China's official Xinhua news agency says the Shenzhou 6 spacecraft and its two astronauts are expected to return to Earth Monday morning.

Officials say weather conditions are favorable for a safe return at the primary landing site, in the Siziwang region of the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.

Space officials have said the spacecraft is working well, the two astronauts are feeling good and all planned scientific experiment are expected to be completed on time.

The spacecraft blasted off Wednesday, and its time in orbit has well surpassed China's first manned mission to space in 2003, which lasted just under 22 hours and was shrouded in secrecy. Part of the current mission were shown live on Chinese television

Besides China, only the United States and Russia have sent manned spacecraft into orbit.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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