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China launches first cargo spacecraft

It is the first cargo ship independently developed by China

IANS  |  Beijing 

China on Thursday launched its first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan province, authorities said. In space, the cargo ship will dock with the orbiting Tiangong-2 space lab, provide fuel and other supplies, and conduct space experiments before returning, Xinhua news agency reported. China aims to build a permanent space station that is expected to orbit for at least 10 years, and the debut of the cargo ship is important as it acts as a courier to help maintain the space station, according to the authorities. Without a cargo ...

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