Thu, September 25, 2008
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Final countdown before launching of Shenzhou-7 spacecraft

2008-09-25 13:25:05 GMT2008-09-25 21:25:05 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

The ground crew work at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 25, 2008. The center is well prepared for the launching of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft as all three Chinese taikonauts have entered the spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China 18:28 p.m. Thursday, about three hours ahead of its scheduled launch. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

The ground crew work at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 25, 2008. The center is prepared for the launching of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft as all three Chinese taikonauts have entered the spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China 18:28 p.m. Thursday, about three hours ahead of its scheduled launch. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

The video grab taken on Sept. 25, 2008 at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center in Beijing, China, shows Chinese taikonauts in the return module of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft. The center is prepared for the launching of Shenzhou-7 as all three Chinese taikonauts have entered the spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China 18:28 p.m. Thursday, about three hours ahead of its scheduled launch. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

The ground crew work at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 25, 2008. The center is well prepared for the launching of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft as all three Chinese taikonauts have entered the spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China 18:28 p.m. Thursday, about three hours ahead of its scheduled launch. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Photo takn on Sept. 25, 2008 shows the Long-March II-F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou-7 spaceship on the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province. The launch window of Shenzhou-7 was set between 9:07 p.m. to 10:27 p.m (1307 GMT to 1427 GMT) Thursday. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

The ground crew work at the Beijing Space Command and Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 25, 2008. The center is well prepared for the launching of the Shenzhou-7 spacecraft as all three Chinese taikonauts have entered the spacecraft at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China 18:28 p.m. Thursday, about three hours ahead of its scheduled launch.

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