Unmanned Space-Lab Tiangong-1 Launches In China (video)
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Unmanned Space-Lab Tiangong-1 Launches In China (video)

Beijing : China | Sep 30, 2011 at 3:01 AM PDT
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Tiangong-1 space module to launch Thursday CCTV News

China's first ever space-lab launched last Thursday as initiative of the nation's program for space program.

"We must soberly recognize that China's space-station technology is still in its initial stage, compared to those of the U.S. and Russia," said a commentary from the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

"But the launch of Tiangong-1 is the beginning of China's efforts to narrow the gap."

"The test reflects China's technological advances, funded by its rapid economic growth and facilitated by the military's ballistic missile program," says Taylor Fravel, associate professor at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The 8 ton module was laucnhed unmanned, for more detais and video just click http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/30/world/china-florcruz-space-race/index.html?&hpt=hp_c2.

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The rocket carrying China's first space laboratory module, Tiangong-1, lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 29.
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