China launches core module of its planned PERMANENT space station into orbit (VIDEOS)

Beijing has embarked on an 18-month project to build its first ever permanent space station, launching a key module into low earth orbit, state media reported. At least 10 more launches are set to follow in the coming months.

Carried on a Long March 5B rocket, China’s ‘Tianhe’ module was sent into orbit on Thursday, the first of three major components for the new space station. The launch, which appeared to go off without a hitch, was broadcast on state TV.



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