The manoeuvre is hard to master because the two vessels, placed in the same orbit and revolving around the Earth at thousands of kilometres per Red Bottom Heelshour, must come together very gently to avoid destroying each other. Reports have said the Shenzhou-9 will remain attached to the space capsule for six days before separating in preparation for the manual docking. President Hu Jintao has said the operation would mark a "major breakthrough in the country's manned space Oakley Outletprogramme", which is gearing up just as the United States scales back its manned space exploration activities.
China sees its space programme as a symbol of its global stature, growing technical expertise, and the Communist Party's success in turning around Oakley Salethe fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation. The ability to dock manually is necessary in case of any problems with the automatic procedure, such as the control centre being unable to carry it out remotely from Earth. The team -- headed by Jing Haipeng, a veteran astronaut on his third space mission -- have rehearsed the procedure Beats By Dremore than 1,500 times in simulations.
Liu Wang, who has been in the space programme for 14 years, will be in charge of manual docking manoeuvres, while Liu Yang, China's first woman to travel to space, will conduct aerospace medical experiments and other space tests. Their mission has been heavily trailed in China's state-run media, with much of the attention focused on Beats StudioLiu Yang -- at 33, the youngest of the three. She has been hailed as a national heroine and her mission is being excitedly followed in the Chinese media and on the country's popular microblogs. Banners have reportedly been put up at her former high school in central China's Henan province celebrating her selection as the country's first female "taikonaut", as the country dubs its space travellers.