- Tianzhou-2 or "Heavenly Vessel" blasted off via a Long March-7 Y3 rocket from the Wenchang spaceport on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.
- The spacecraft is the second of 11 cargo missions needed to complete China's first self-developed space station (which is due for completion in 2022) and follows the launch of the key module Tianhe in late April.
- Tianzhou-2 has supplies and fuel onboard and will dock at the space station's core module to automatically unload its cargo.
- To complete the Chinese space station, two laboratory modules, each weighing 20 tons each will need to be brought into space.
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