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China prepares for permanent place in orbit

Published by Steve Coleman on September 21, 2011

China plans to build its own home in space.

Next week, the country plans to launch the first stage of a planned space station from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu province sometime between Sept. 27 and Sept. 30.

The 8.5-ton module, nicknamed Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace 1), were put on the launch pad Sept. 20.

The module will act as a "target spacecraft" for orbital docking manoeuvres.

Heavenly Palace 1 is also expected to be a test bed for long term unmanned missions and short-termed manned trips to space.

China hopes to have its own space station orbiting the Earth by 2020.

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