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China launched its first space laboratory module today that will will serve as a space station module prototype for the country.

China launches a space laboratory

China launched its first space laboratory module today that will serve as a space station module prototype for the country. With the launch of this space lab, known as Tiangong 1, China is taking major steps in building its human flight program.

According to Space.com, Russia and the United States are the only other countries that have developed “the capability to launch astronauts into space and return them safely to Earth”

The infographic below illustrates how the Tiangong 1 Space Lab will work.

See how China's first space station, called Tiangong (
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

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