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China launches Tianhe module of new space station

Officials in China launched the core element of a new permanent space station on a Long March-5B Y2 rocket from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang, Hainan Province, Thursday, per the BBC.

Why it matters: The launch represents the evolution of the space program drive by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, seen as a rival to the U.S. in space.

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