China’s Long March 2F rocket carrying th

China’s Long March 2F rocket carrying the Tiangong-1 module, or “Heavenly Palace”, blasts off from the Jiuquan launch centre in Gansu province on September 29, 2011. China took its first step towards building a space station when it launched an experimental module ahead of National Day celebrations. AFP PHOTO/STR ***CHINA OUT*** (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)