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CHINA ANNOUNCES IT WILL BUILD ITS OWN SPACE STATION WITHIN 10 YEARS

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Posted by abeodbart April 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

On Monday, China unveiled its plan to build a manned space station in the next decade. This announcement comes from a space program whose development has been, well, skyrocketing; China launched its first astronaut into Earth orbitin 2003 and completed itsfirst spacewalk in 2008. If things go as planned, the station would be the third ever multi-module space station, after Russia’s Mir and the International Space Station.

The space station is currently dubbed Tiangong, meaning “heavenly palace,” but that moniker may not be permanent; China’s space agency is taking suggestions for new names via email.

Designed for a three-person crew, the space station will consist of one core module and two lab units for conducting experiments in astronomy, biology (particularly as it pertains to space radiation), and microgravity.

Weighing in at 60 tons, Tiangong is significantly smaller than its predecessors (the ISS weighs 419 tons; Mir weighed 137).

For the full article head to Discover Magazine

COMMENTS
April 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Stevie says:

This is great news. I’m hoping this will start a new space race between China, the US and Europe. Since the Cold War ended scientific progress in the US has slowed down dramatically. Here’s to hoping a little competition with China may reinvigorate it. If China decide to build a particle accelerator too – that may make the US reconsider it’s scrapping of the Super Collider. That would be fantastic for fundamental physics and space exploration!


May 1, 2011 at 4:34 am
Ian says:

Perhaps China should solve some of its social problems on terra firma before reaching further into the skies.


May 1, 2011 at 11:42 pm
Fearglic says:

Ian the same could be said for the USA and Russia. Space exploration and what goes / comes with it is fantastic and only shows how humanity can progress.


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