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China's largest spacecraft launched by mighty Long March 7 rocket

By Zhang Zhihao in Wenchang, Hainan and Zhao Lei in Beijing | China Daily | Updated: 2017-04-21 07:16

China launched its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday night on a mission to test resupply technology for a planned manned space station that will enter service in about five years.

Tianzhou 1, the country's largest and heaviest spacecraft, was lifted into space atop a Long March 7 carrier rocket at 7:41 pm from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province.

According to the China Manned Space Agency, after entering orbit about 380 kilometers above Earth, the unmanned Tianzhou 1 is set for three dockings with the Tiangong II space laboratory, in orbit since September. The cargo craft will supply fuel to Tiangong II at each docking.

China's largest spacecraft launched by mighty Long March 7 rocket

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