Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

 

China’s Wentian lab module lifted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China’s Hainan Province on July 24 – a milestone mission to enlarge the country’s space station.

 

 

The lab will function both as a backup of the station’s core module and serve as a scientific experiment platform.

Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

The construction of China’s Tiangong space station is expected to be completed by year’s end. It will then evolve from a single-module structure into a national space laboratory with three modules — the core module, Tianhe, and two lab modules, Wentian and Mengtian.

The Tianhe core module was launched in April 2021, and the Mengtian module is set to be launched in October this year.

Credit: China Manned Space Engineering Office

 

 

The Wentian module is now set to rendezvous and dock to the front docking port of the core module that now houses the Shenzhou-14 crew: Chen Dong and co-astronauts Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe.

 

Video of the launch can be viewed at:

https://youtu.be/CloDu37PccE

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