China unveils new ´Heavenly Palace´ space station as ISS days numbered

Pablo Tucker
November 9, 2018

China just showed the world that it's upping its space exploration game with the introduction of the Tiangong Space Station.

But with the ISS due to cease operations by the end of 2024, a gap in the space station market will be open and China is set to fill it.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

The space station program is called Tiangong, which means "Heavenly Palace" in Chinese.

Three astronauts will be permanently stationed in the 60-ton orbiting lab, which will enable the crew to conduct biological and microgravity research.

China unveiled a partial model of its manned space station at an aerospace fair in Zhuhai.

With assembly expected to be completed around 2022, a sneak preview of the 17-metre (55-foot) core module wowed audiences at China's main aerospace industry exhibition in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai.

NASA has published the night side of Earth was taken by astronauts aboard the global space station.

China has already invited distinguished universities, research institutes, and both public and private companies to propose possible projects.

But China's space program has encountered some glitches. Some 40 plans from 27 countries and regions have been received, according to state media.

"I'm sure over time China will be successful in developing partnerships". China announced earlier this year that they would allow other countries to conduct experiments on-board Tiangong.

"The space agency, china and the United Nations could quite imagine".

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

Chinese authorities denied that the lab - which was placed in orbit in September 2011 as a testing ground for the permanent station - was out of control.

The asian giant will become "one of the great powers of space", but Russia, Japan and India will continue to play a "major role" and "the United States remains the space power dominant" at the present time, writes Bill Ostrove.

Roskosmos said Russian flight controllers plan to reboot the faulty computer - one of the three in the station's Russian module - on November 8.

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