Photos: China Launches First Space Lab, Tiangong 1

Display Model of Tiangong I Module

Gregory Kulacki/People's Daily Online

Display model of Tiangong I module at an exhibition hall at the China Academy of Space Technology, complete with access door for public viewing. A Long March 2F carrier rocket for Tiangong I arrived at China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on July 23. Personnel and facilities from all subsystems and payloads are gathering at the launch center for the mission of the space laboratory, which are reportedly going well.

China's Tiangong 1 Docking Concept

China Manned Space Engineering Office

A Chinese Shenzhou spacecraft closes in on the country's Tiangong 1 space lab in this still from a mission profile video.

Tiangong 1 Cutaway: Moving Between Spacecraft

China Manned Space Engineering Office

This still from a China space agency video shows a cutaway of a Shenzhou spacecraft docked at the country's Tiangong 1 space lab, showing how astronauts will move between the two Chinese spacecraft.

China's Fiery End for Tiangong 1

China Manned Space Engineering Office

China plans to dispose of the Tiangong 1 space laboratory by commanding it to burn up in Earth's atmosphere at the end of a two-year mission.

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