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Tiangong-1 space module to launch Thursday

(CNTV)

11:20, September 29, 2011




BEIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- China will launch the country's first space laboratory module between 9:16 and 9:31 pm on Thursday, paving the way for its own space station, a spokesperson confirmed.

The unmanned Tiangong-1 will blast off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert in Northwest China.

Final preparations are being made for the launch of Tiangong-1, or Heavenly Palace. Propellant will be injected into the Long March II-F T1 rocket carrier on Wednesday.

Shenzhou VIII spaceship, also unmanned, will be launched in early November to rendezvous and dock with Tiangong-1.

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