China launched the third module of its Tiangong space station into orbit. The unit was delivered on Monday by a Long March 5B missile – the most powerful missile the Chinese have. It took off from the Wenchang Space Center on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan.
China sent a “sky dream” into space. They are closer to their space station
Mengtian translated to polishing It means “dream of the heavens.” In this very issue The dream is to build your own station in Earth’s orbit.
China was excluded from the cooperation program on the International Space Station in 2011 Request from the United States. They have been building their station since April of last year. The unit you just joined is the third and last. Now it still needs to be set in the right place and connected to the other two. This is expected to happen by the end of this year. Then, Tiangong (“Heavenly Palace”) will be ready to be the second orbiting space station after the International Space Station (ISS). A manned mission with three astronauts is scheduled to arrive in December.
Tiangong to replace the International Space Station?
The Chinese space station is scheduled to operate for 10 years and will be used, among other things, to conduct research in space. Such scientific experiments have been taking place on the International Space Station for years. Reuters estimates that there have been more than 3,000 of them since 2000. However, the ISS is slowly preparing for retirement (friction with the Russians does not help), so there is an opportunity for the Chinese to take on scientific missions. According to Reuters, China has already approved at least nine proposals for such cooperation with scientists from different countries, including India and Switzerland. Over 100 science experiments will be conducted in Tiangong during its cosmic life.
for China The construction of the station is, above all, the culmination of the country’s colossal cosmic ambitions. Xi Jinping, who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his rule in Beijing, will also be able to boast about this.
Tiangong will orbit in a low orbit about 400-450 km above the surface of the planet, similar to the orbit on which the International Space Station is located.
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