China has successfully launched an experimental Heavenly Space (The Tiangong 1) module from the Jiuquan cosmodorme. The blast off was broadcast live on TV.
The space craft will spend 2 years on the orbit to be docked with three unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft.
The module will launch a program on space docking tests preparatory for a space station that China plans to orbit by 2020.
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