China launched the first laboratory module of its space station on Sunday, according to images broadcast live by state television channel CCTV.
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The module, called Wentian, weighing about 20 tons, was propelled by a Long March 5B rocket at 2:22 pm local time from the Wenchang launch center on south China’s Hainan Island.
According to the China Manned Space Flight Agency, the 18-meter-long and 4.2-meter-diameter Wentian will dock with the Tianhe module that is in orbit from April 2021.
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— Chinese Space Station (@CNSpaceStation)
July 24, 2022
Wentian will function as a backup to the core module and as a powerful scientific experiment platform.
Baptized Tiangong but also known by its acronym CSS (for “Chinese Space Station”), the space station should be operational by the end of 2022.
— 白露未晞（互fo） (@bailuweixi2)
July 24, 2022
After Wentian, the astronauts of the Shenzhou-14 mission, currently at the space station, will receive a new laboratory module during the month of October.
China has been investing billions of dollars in its space program for a few decades and plans to send men to the Moon around 2030.
Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983
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