China successfully launches “Heavenly Palace” space craft (Reuters)

A 3D animation of China's Tiangong-1 space module is shown in this still image taken from video released September 28, 2011. REUTERS/Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre/HandoutReuters - China successfully launched an experimental craft on Thursday paving the way for its first space station amid a blaze of national pride, bringing the growing Asian power closer to matching the United States and Russia with a long-term manned outpost in space.

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