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SZ-8 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 37859
Int'l Code: 2011-063A
Perigee: N/A
Apogee: N/A
Inclination: N/A
Period: N/A
Semi major axis: N/A
RCS: N/A
Launch date: October 31, 2011
Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China (JSC)
Decay date: 2011-11-17

Shenzhou 8 (SZ-8) is an unmanned capsule to form an austere space laboratory for future astronaut visits once docked with Tiangong 1. Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong 1 will form a combined spacecraft stretching approximately 60 feet (18.3 m) long. The vehicles will stay docked for 12 days, then Shenzhou 8 will back away and redock for another two days. Tiangong means heavenly palace in English, while Shenzhou is translated as divine craft. Assuming this month's crucial docking tests go well, up to three astronauts could climb aboard the Shenzhou 9 spaceship and blast off early next year. They would dock with Tiangong 1 and conduct experiments inside.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 37859U 11063A   11321.97969388  .00046474  00000-0  25927-3 0  9993
2 37859 042.7989 255.2639 0002184 084.2373 017.7084 15.78623866  2705
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC