China set to launch Tiangong 1 space module
28 September 2011 Last updated at 22:30 BST
China is scheduled to launch a rocket marking its first step towards building its own space station.
Preparations are under way for the launch of Tiangong 1 at the launching pad in the Gobi Desert.
It is a mission that is generating huge national pride and is being seen as a symbol of the country's growing global stature.
Martin Patience reports.