China took its first step towards building a space station on Thursday September 29 when it launched an experimental module ahead of National Day celebrations.Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace", took off on schedule from the Gobi desert in China's northwest, ahead of China's National Day on October 1.
A carrier rocket loaded with an unmanned space lab
module blasts off from the launch pad
at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
in northwest China's Gansu Province.
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