Wentian space lab goes into orbit

By ZHAO LEI in Wenchang, Hainan/chinadaily.com.cn | China Daily | Updated: 2022-07-25 07:23
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Rocket blasts off and carries craft to nearly 400 km above the ground

The Shenzhou XIV mission crew - mission commander Senior Colonel Chen Dong (C), Senior Colonel Liu Yang (R) and Senior Colonel Cai Xuzhe-are seen inside the Wentian lab module on Monday, July 25, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

China launched its Wentian space laboratory on Sunday afternoon, sending the country's largest-ever spacecraft into Earth's orbit to become part of the Tiangong space station.

Encased in a 20.5-meter-long payload, the space lab was carried by a Long March 5B rocket that blasted off at 2:22 pm from a coastal service tower in the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province.

After a flight of about eight minutes, the rocket placed the craft into a low-Earth orbit nearly 400 kilometers above the ground.

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