The Mengtian experimental module lifts off on a Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket from Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
The Mengtian experimental module lifts off on a Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket from Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
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China launches Mengtian research module to finish construction of Tiangong space station

  • The 23-tonne component is expected to dock with Tiangong’s core module within hours of lift-off before being relocated by robotic arm to finish station
  • China’s space station is expected to orbit the Earth as a space outpost and laboratory for cutting-edge research for at least a decade

The Mengtian experimental module lifts off on a Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket from Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
The Mengtian experimental module lifts off on a Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket from Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
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