Space­craft headed to Chi­nese space sta­tion

The Dallas Morning News - - WORLD -

BEIJING — China launched its first un­manned cargo space­craft on Thurs­day on a mis­sion to dock with the coun­try’s space sta­tion, mark­ing fur­ther progress in the am­bi­tious Chi­nese space pro­gram.

The Tianzhou 1 blasted off atop a lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Long March 7 rocket from China’s new­est space­craft launch site, Wen­chang, on the is­land prov­ince of Hainan.

The space­craft is pro­grammed to con­duct sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments af­ter reach­ing the now-crew­less Tian­gong 2, China’s sec­ond space sta­tion. A pair of Chi­nese as­tro­nauts spent 30 days on board the sta­tion last year.

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