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Tiangong-2 space lab

Updated: 2018-10-12

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Tiangong-2 is the second space lab independently developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation after Tiangong-1 and the country's first space lab in the real sense. Tiangong-2 space lab was successfully launched at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 15, 2016 and later had rendezvous and docking with Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft. In 2017, Tiangong-2 had rendezvous and docking with Tianzhou-1 cargo ship and completed the first inorbit propellant refueling test, making China the third country that independently grasped this key technology.

The photo shows the schematic diagram of the rendezvous and docking between Tiangong-2 and Tianzhou-1. (Photo from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation)

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