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Emily LakdawallaSeptember 15, 2016

Successful launch for China's Tiangong-2 space station

Chinese officials have announced that this morning's launch of the Tiangong-2 space station was successful. For more on this mission, read Andrew Jones' coverage:

Tiangong-2 launch

Xinhua news

Tiangong-2 launch

As for me, I celebrated the successful launch by making several animated GIFs. Enjoy!

#Tiangong2 launch gifs 1 of 3: Launch!

— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) September 15, 2016

(Note: I called the boosters solid in the tweet below; they are, in fact, liquid-fueled rockets. My apologies for the error.)

#Tiangong2 launch gifs 2 of 3: solid rocket booster separation!

— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) September 15, 2016

#Tiangong2 launch gifs 3 of 3: Space station separation!

— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) September 15, 2016

Read more: Chinese human spaceflight, mission status

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