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China Moves Closer to Completing Space Station With Final Module Launch

The Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Mengtian module, lifts off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan Island, China, on Oct. 31.

The Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Mengtian module, lifts off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan Island, China, on Oct. 31.

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China moved another step closer to completing its own space station with the launch of a rocket carrying the third and final module for the ambitious project.

The Long March 5B rocket blasted off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan island at 3:37 p.m. local time Monday with the Mengtian laboratory module on board. The module, whose name translates to dreaming of the heavens, will join the Tianhe core module and the Wentian experiment module to complete the T-shaped Tiangong space station.