China launches second space station module

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China launches second space station module

  • China launched second of three modules to its permanent space station, in one of the final missions needed to complete orbiting outpost by year's end.

Key Highlights

  • Wentian (“Quest for the Heavens”) laboratory module was launched by Long March 5B rocket from Wenchang Space Launch Centre on southern island of Hainan.
  • Wentian lab module will provide space for experiments, along with other lab module yet to be launched — Mengtian (“Dreaming of the Heavens”).
  • Mengtian is expected to be launched in October and, like Wentian, will be docked with Tianhe, forming T-shaped structure.

Prelims take away

  • Wentian lab module
  • Tianhe module
  • Mengtian module