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Astronauts given comfort upgrade on China's new space lab

China's newest space laboratory, Tiangong II, will provide more comfortable digs to astronauts living aboard than its predecessor, Tiangong I, the spacecraft's designers said.
Zhu Zongpeng, chief designer of Tiangong II at China Academy of Space Technology, said designers aimed to create an astronaut-friendly environment in every regard when they refitted the space lab that was developed based on Tiangong I.

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China's space lab Tiangong-2 enters in-orbit test track

China's space lab Tiangong-2 has entered an in-orbit test track, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said Friday.
After entering the in-orbit test track, ground operators will test the stability of its sub-systems and carry out a series of space science experiments.

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Launch of Chinese Tiangong-2 SpaceLab on Long March 2F Rocket

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China have launched their second spacelab today, Tiangong-2, at 14:04 UTC on September 15th 2016. The Long March 2F rocket successfully took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. Tiangong-2 is an improvement on the Tiangong-1 spacelab and will be visited by the manned space flight Shenzhou 11 in October of this year.



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Successful launch of the Long March-2F carrier rocket and Tiangong-2 space lab.

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China set to launch second trial space station

China is set to launch a second experimental space station, as it looks to have a manned station by 2022, state media said.
The Tiangong 2 is scheduled to launch just after 22:00 local time on Thursday from the Gobi desert.

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China to launch Tiangong-2 orbiting space lab

The Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying Chinas second orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 stands ready on the launch pad in Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Northwest Chinas Gansu Province, Sept. 14, 2016. China plans to send the orbiting space lab between Sept. 15 to 20.
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Two astronauts will live in Tiangong 2 for 30 days

China is sending two astronauts to test the country's most-advanced space station. The pair will stay in the Tiangong Space Module for 30 days. It will be China's longest manned space mission.
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Scientists prepare for space lab launch

Scientists at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center are preparing to launch the country's second space laboratory. The Long March 2F carrier rocket will take the Tiangong-2 space lab into orbit within the next few days.

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