China to launch first lab module for space station

Photo taken on July 18, 2022 shows the combination of China's space station lab module Wentian and a Long March-5B Y3 carrier rocket being transferred to the launch area in south China's Hainan province. (TU HAICHAO/XINHUA)

WENCHANG, Hainan – China plans to launch Wentian, the first lab module of its space station, at around 2:00 pm Sunday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

The Long March-5B Y3 rocket, carrying the Wentian module, is filled with propellant and ready for launch, said the CMSA.