China's Long March 2F rocket carrying the Tiangong-1 or ‘Heavenly Palace’ experimental module blasts off from the Jiuquan launch centre in Gansu province in 2011 as Beijing took its first step towards building a space station. Photo: AFP

China to launch ‘core module’ for first space station around 2018

Move is part of the nation’s ambitious plan to have a permanent manned space station in service by about 2022

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China's Long March 2F rocket carrying the Tiangong-1 or ‘Heavenly Palace’ experimental module blasts off from the Jiuquan launch centre in Gansu province in 2011 as Beijing took its first step towards building a space station. Photo: AFP
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