China Unveils Earth's Next Orbiting Space Station -"The Heavenly Palace"

James Marshall
November 9, 2018

Last week, Russian investigators traced the rocket failure to a bent sensor and cleared Soyuz rockets for a series of launches, leading up to the delivery of a different set of spacefliers in December.

China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the worldwide community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. NASA recently shared a video shot in space aboard the International Space Station that is twice the resolution of those jaw-dropping screens, but it will be a few years before anyone has the hardware necessary to appreciate it. It said two other computers can maintain the station's operation.

In the Chinese city of Zhuhai within aerospace exhibition Airshow China showed a full-sized model of a future space station Tiangong, which translates as "heavenly Palace".

The CSS is expected to begin assembly in "around 2022".

China also announced in may with the Office for outer space affairs of the united nations that his station would be open "to all countries" to conduct scientific experiments.

Roscosmos said Tuesday that one of three computers in the station's Russian module has failed.

The company SpaceX Elon musk will orbit the satellite, which is seen from Earth is its only objective.

"There is no doubt that China will use its station in a similar way as the ISS partners are using their outpost: research, technology and as a stepping-stone for deep-space exploration", Chen Lan, an analyst from the GoTaikonauts.com, was quoted as saying. The country's state media reported that China had received around 40 plans from 27 countries and regions.

The US space agency, Nasa, spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, a level of funding that is endorsed by the Trump administration and Congress.

Alternatively the money could be used to speed up planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.

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