Mock up image of astronauts in space
Media playback is unsupported on your device

China set to launch Tiangong 1 space module

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.

  • 28 Sep 2011