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China's space lab Tiangong-2 blasts off

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

09-15-2016 22:16 BJT

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JIUQUAN, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday launched space lab Tiangong-2 into space, paving the way for a permanent space station China plans to build around 2022.

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China's space lab Tiangong-2 roars into the air on the back of a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Sept. 15, 2016. (Xinhua/Ju Zhenhua)

In a cloud of brown smoke, Tiangong-2 roared into the air underneath a mid-autumn full moon from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the back of a Long March-2F rocket, trailing a vast volume of flame.

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