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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.