China launches second space station module wentian

China launched the second module of the Wentian space station

China launched the second of three modules to its permanent space station on Sunday in one of the last missions needed to complete the orbital base by the end of the year.

A live broadcast by state broadcaster CCTV showed the 23-ton Wentian (“quest for the Heavens”) laboratory module launching on the back of China’s most powerful rocket, the Long March 5B, at 2:22 p.m. (0622 GMT) from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on southern Hainan Island.

Space agency employees, who were seen on a live feed watching the launch from the control room, cheered and applauded when Wentian separated from the rocket about 10 minutes after liftoff.

The launch was a “complete success”, CCTV reported shortly afterwards.

China began construction of the space station in April 2021 with the launch of the Tianhe Module, the main habitat, in the first of 11 manned and unmanned missions in the venture.

The 17.9-meter (59-foot) long Wentian Laboratory Module will be where astronauts can conduct scientific experiments, along with another yet-to-be-launched laboratory module, the Mengtian (“Dreaming of the Skies”).

Wentian has a transfer cabin that is intended to be the main exit and entry point for non-vehicular activities once the station is completed.

It will also serve as short-term accommodation for astronauts during crew rotations on the station, designed for long-term accommodation of only three astronauts.

Mengtian is expected to launch in October and, like Wentian, is to join Tianhe to form a T-shaped structure.

The completion of the structure, which is about one-fifth the weight of the International Space Station (ISS), is a source of pride among ordinary Chinese and will mark President Xi Jinping’s 10 years as leader of China’s ruling Communist Party.

Aboard the space station are Shenzhou-14 mission commander Chen Dong and teammates Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe. They are scheduled to return to Earth in December with the arrival of the Shenzhou-15 crew.

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