China Launches Main Part Of Its 1st Permanent Space Station

In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, a Long March 5B rocket carrying a module for a Chinese space station lifts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, Thursday, April 29, 2021. China has launched the core module on Thursday for its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long-term. (CCTV via AP Video)

(AP) — China has launched the main module of its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term. The Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony, module blasted into space atop a Long March 5B rocket from China’s launch center on the island province of Hainan. It’s the first of 11 missions to build and provision the station and send up a three-person crew by the end of next year. The core module is where astronauts will live on the station for six months at a time. Two modules will be added where the crew will conduct experiments. China’s space program has also recently brought back lunar samples and expects to land a probe and rover on Mars next month.


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