China's third manned space mission Shenzhou-7 finished its last rehearsal before blast-off.
Now the crew, who will conduct the first Chinese space walk, is waiting for a launch window at a remote rocket base.
Monday's rehearsal involved scientists from all branches of the space project including the carrier rocket and landing venue.
After three hours of tests and safety examinations in the rehearsal, the mission has been given the green light.
Depending on weather, the launch is scheduled between September 25 and 30 at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest Gansu Province.
According to a report by China Central Television, six astronauts participated in the rehearsal.
Three pilots and three substitutes said they were fully confident to successfully accomplish the mission.
A new satellite tracking ship will monitor the space shuttle's progress. The Yuangwang-6 set sail on April 12.
Its sister ship, Yuanwang-5, which was put into use a year ago, will also monitor and control the Shenzhou-7 mission.
(Xinhua News Agency September 23, 2008)