China Launches Third And Final Space Module 

US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, DC.              AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • China launched its third and final module Monday to complete its permanent space station as competition with the United States continues to intensify.
  • Mengtian was launched into space from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan. It is the second laboratory module for the station, along with Wentian.
  • Onlookers donned Chinese flags and T-shirts with the characters for China, while photographers also crowded in to document the event.

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