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China space station’s main module in orbit

The first module for China’s planned space station has arrived in orbit 400 kilometers above Earth. On Thursday, according to Chinese media reports, the launch vehicle “Long March 5B” successfully lifted off from the Wenchang spaceport on the tropical island of Hainan. After ten minutes, the future main module of the space station named “Tianhe” separated from the rocket. The launch vehicle, which was only tested for the first time in May 2020, is the only one capable of hoisting the heavy components for the space station into space.

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