China’s first space station module, called Tiangong-1, lifted off at 9:16 p.m. local time Sept. 29 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on a Long March-2FT1 rocket, the state-run Xinhua news service reported.

Tiangong-1 will test space docking with the unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft later this year as China endeavors to become the third country to operate a permanent space station around 2020.

Chinese President Hu Jintao applauded as he watched the launch from the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center.


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