China Launch of Lab Closes Gap With U.S. in ‘Crowded’ Space

China Launch of Lab Closes Gap With U.S. in ‘Crowded’ Space

A Long March 2F rocket carrying the country's first space laboratory module Tiangong-1 lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on September 29, 2011 in Jiuquan, Gansu province of China. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images