China Unveils the Tiangong Space Station as Replacement of the ISS

Mindy Sparks
November 9, 2018

Construction is expected to be completed around 2022.

It should as well become the only resort to move into the space after the retreat scheduled in 2024 the worldwide space station (ISS) - which combines the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada.

That's actually quite a bit smaller than the ISS, which is about as large as an American football field if you count its large solar panels.

"We're excited to embrace new technology that improves our ability to engage our audiences in space station research", said David Brady, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station Program Science Office at Johnson.

Institutes, universities, and public and private companies were invited to submit projects.

"Viewers can watch high-resolution footage from inside and outside the orbiting laboratory right on their computer screens", NASA says. China has received 40 from 27 countries and regions, proposals that still need to be the subject of a selection, reported in October, State television CCTV.

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.

It has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.

Roscosmos said the two other computer systems are sufficient for safe operation of the station indefinitely, but it wants the third one back online "to ensure the reliability" of next week's scheduled docking with an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft.

Research conducted aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low-gravity or oxygen.

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

But China's space program has encountered some glitches.

A second lab, the Tiangong-2, was launched into orbit in 2016.

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