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This Is the Space Station China is Building to Challenge the US

  • Astronauts will launch soon, with two labs planned by October
  • Beijing lags Washington in winning allies for its space vision

China released new details about the final stages of work on its Tiangong space station, an under-construction orbiter started after the US barred Beijing from participating in the International Space Station.

The Shenzhou XIV spacecraft, which will carry three astronauts in June for a six-month mission to Tiangong, was moved to the launchpad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia on Sunday, state media reported, with a launch scheduled “in the coming days.”