Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

 

China’s next space station segment – the Mengtian lab module – is now at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China’s Hainan Province.

The Mengtian lab module means “Dreaming of Heavens,” and will be assembled at the launch site and go through relevant tests with launch later this year, in October.

Station complete is set for year’s end.
Credit: CNAS/CCTV Video News Agency/Inside Outer Space screengrab

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

China’s first lab module of its space station Wentian was launched on July 24 from Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site.

For a video of the arrival of Mengtian at the launch site, go to:

https://youtu.be/n8G0pOJRHqA

 

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