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.
China launched its second space laboratory, the Tiangong II, on Thursday night, which space officials said will become the country's largest scientific platform in space.
China will launch the Tiangong II space laboratory on Thursday night, paving the way for a Chinese manned space station, Deputy Director Wu Ping of the China Manned Space Agency said on Wednesday.
China sent its second space laboratory, the Tiangong II, into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gobi desert on Thursday night.
The central government on Tuesday initiated a level-IV emergency response plan to manage the drought in northwest China's Gansu Province.
The world's first quantum communication experimental satellite was successfully launched into space from Jiuquan in Gansu province on August 16, marking yet another important milestone in China's space program.