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China's voyage to space

By Xinhua

BEIJING -- China's second space lab Tiangong-2 was launched into space Thursday, paving the way for a permanent space station China plans to build around 2022.

Tiangong-2, which can enable two astronauts to live in space for 30 days, is capable of receiving manned and cargo spaceships and will be used for testing systems and processes for mid-term space stays and refueling.

It will also be involved with experiments on aerospace medicine, space sciences, on-orbit maintenance and space station technologies.

It has been 17 years since the program's first mission took place in 1999 with the launch of the Shenzhou-1.

China's voyage to space
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