Chinese space station nears completion as laboratory module successfully docks

Source: CNN

“China successfully docked a second laboratory module to its under-construction space station, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said Monday, as the country takes a step closer to completing its orbital outpost by the end of the year. … The docking marks the penultimate phase in the construction of China’s ambitious three-module Tiangong space station project, which is slated to finish construction by late 2022. Construction of the space station began in April last year, with the launch of the Tianhe module — the station’s main living quarters. In October, China is expected to launch a second laboratory module, known as Mengtian. The two laboratory modules will link-up to form a T-shaped structure, with Tianhe in the center.” (07/25/22)