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China Launches Space Lab into Orbit

China has launched its second space laboratory into orbit Thursday, in a step towards having its own manned space station.   The Tiangong-2, or Heavenly Palace-2, lifted off from China's launch center in the Gobi desert.   The Xinhua news agency said it will be followed by a mission to carry two astronauts to the space lab in mid- to late-October for 30 days.   China will send its first cargo ship to the lab in April.  A fully functional space station is...

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