China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered

Olive Hawkins
November 9, 2018

Several worldwide space agencies launched the main module and first components of the ISS into space over two decades ago.

The 17-meter (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition.

The station chinese space (CSS), also called Tiangong ("heavenly Palace") will consist of three parts: a main module along almost 17 metres (place of life and labour) presented to you on Tuesday, and two related modules (for scientific experiments). It will be central to the space station's operations, as astronauts will live there and control the entire station from inside it. 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. The 60-ton orbiting lab could house three astronauts, allowing them to perform biological and microgravity research.

Chinese authorities aim to complete the assembly of the space station by 2022 with a projected lifespan of around ten years.

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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. Some 40 plans from 27 countries and regions have been received, according to state media.

This 3-minute video was captured aboard the International Space Station using a RED Helium 8K camera, and it shows the astronaut residents living, working, and conducting research.

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

Should NASA invest in the creation of another space station or just rely on the future Tiangong Space Station?

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