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<P>An unmanned Shenzhou <A 
href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/topic.cfm?id=spacecraft">spacecraft</A> 
docked with Tiangong-1 for the first time in November 2011, and the docking 
mechanism didn't work exactly as planned, some say.</P>
<P> "It was originally bouncing off," Bob Chesson, an ESA human spaceflight 
advisor, told SPACE.com. "Essentially they have to ram this [Shenzhou] thing in 
and they are very worried that if you assemble a station like that, you 
basically will have all sorts of structure fracture mechanics problems, that 
type of thing."</P>
<P>The <A 
href="http://www.space.com/16171-china-space-docking-launch-photos-shenzhou-9.html">Shenzhou 
spacecraft</A> is not heavy enough to activate the APAS docking system 
correctly, Chesson said, so it had to be rammed forcefully to make a 
connection.</P></DIV></BODY></HTML>