Photos: Tiangong-2 Space Laboratory blasts off from China

China successfully placed its mini Space Station Tiangong-2 into orbit on Thursday after a flawless nighttime launch by its Long March 2F carrier rocket. The ‘Heavenly Palace’ lifted off at 14:04 UTC from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and enjoyed a ten-minute ride into orbit to mark the start of a two-year mission.

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