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China to launch its Tiangong-2 space lab today

Updated: Sep 15, 2016 12:08 IST      
China to launch its Tiangong-2 space lab today

Jiuquan [China], Sept. 14 (ANI): China will launch its Tiangong-2 space lab from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert.

The launch is scheduled to take place at 10:04 p.m. as part of an increasingly ambitious space program that aims for a manned space station by around 2022, reports the Xinhua.

Wu Ping, deputy director of the manned space engineering office yesterday said that engineers have begun injecting propellant into the Long March-2F T2 rocket, which will carry Tiangong-2 into space.

She added that Beijing's manned space program has now entered a "new phase of application and development."

The 8.6-tonne Tiangong-2 once in space is said to maneuver itself into an orbit about 380 kilometers above Earth for initial on-orbit tests.

According to reports, in April 2017, China's first cargo ship, Tianzhou-1, will also be sent into orbit to dock with Tiangong-2 to provide it with fuel and other supplies.

A micro satellite will also be piggybacking on the Tiangong-2 that will orbit close to the space lab. (ANI)

U.S. State Dept. issues travel warning for Mexico violence

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 05:30 IST     

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Iraqi military forces enter in IS-held Tal Afar

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 04:54 IST     

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Washington [US], August 23 (ANI): White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, ahead of US President Donald Trump's maiden campaign rally in downtown Phoenix, put a full stop to the speculations that Trump will make any decision on former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's pardon.

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US again terms India as important strategic partner

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 04:30 IST     

Washington [U.S.A.] August 23 (ANI): United States on Tuesday once again termed India as its very important regional strategic partner.

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Madrid [Spain], August 23 (ANI): The Spanish High Court has ordered two of the four suspects detained in connection with the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, which claimed 15 lives, Mohamed Houli Chemlal and Driss Oukabir, to jail, according to the court ruling.

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Washington [U.S.A.] August 23 (ANI): United States has once again warned Pakistan by saying that US forces are going to attack terrorists wherever they live.

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Warship Collision: President Trump again offers condolences

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 02:17 IST     

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Trump to hold campaign rally in Arizona

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 02:15 IST     

Phoenix (Arizona) [USA], August 23 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally in downtown Phoenix.

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'Now, Pakistan okay with India's involvement in Afghanistan'

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 02:00 IST     

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White House lockdown lifted as unattended package was cleared

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 01:06 IST     

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White House locks down over 'suspicious package'

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 23:43 IST     

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Barcelona [Spain], August 22 (ANI): One of the four suspects of the Barcelona attack on Tuesday told the Spanish High Court that the terror cell had been planning attacks on a much larger scale.

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Updated: Aug 22, 2017 21:38 IST     

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Beijing [China], Aug.22 (ANI): China's foreign ministry on Tuesday defended Pakistan, saying that the latter was leading the fight against terrorism in the South Asian region.

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Jordan general, UAE envoy call on Pak Army Chief

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:53 IST     

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Afghan media team calls on ISPR chief

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:53 IST     

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