China launches first module for new space station

SourceGulf Today
CountryMiddle east

People watch a Long March 5B rocket as it lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in China on Thursday. AFP China launched the first module of its “Heavenly Palace” space station on Thursday, containing what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent space station that it plans to complete by the end of 2022, state media reported. It is a milestone in Beijing’s ambitious plan to establish a permanent human presence in space.

The module, named “Tianhe”, or “Harmony of the Heavens”, was launched on the Long March 5B, China’s largest carrier rocket, at 11:23am (0323 GMT) from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern island of Hainan. A Long March 5B rocket lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in China’s Hainan province on Thursday. AFP Billions of dollars have been poured into space exploration as China seeks to reflect its rising global stature and growing technological might, following in the more...