Chinese Space Lab Launch

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Launch of the Long March II-F Rocket
Image Credit: CNTV

In a first for China’s space program, China News TV carried the launch of the Tiangong-1 space lab live. The launch occurred on schedule at 1316 UTC (6:16 AM Phoenix time). The spacecraft was successfully put into an orbit that has a Perigee of 200 km, an Apogee of 346.9 km and an inclination 42.75 degrees.

The experimental space station will conduct the country’s first-ever space docking with the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched in November of this year.

The core segment of the Mir class space station is scheduled for launch in 2020. Tiangong will become a cargo segment. Manned occupation will follow.

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