China became the third country ever to launch a human into space in 2003 and has been expanding its space program ever since. Get the latest news about China's space program, launches and space missions.
The uncrewed Tiangong-2 spacecraft lifted off today (Sept. 15) from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 10:04 a.m. EDT (1404 GMT; 10:04 p.m. local China time), riding a Long March-2F T2 rocket to orbit.
On Sept. 15, 2016, China launched its second manned space habitat, the Tiangong-2 module, designed to set the stage for a larger space station. See more photos from the Tiangong-2 mission here.
China's second orbiting space lab, Tiangong-2, was delivered over the weekend from Beijing to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, to undergo assembling and testing processes in preparation for a mid-September launch.