China introduces new ISS space station while ISS days are numbered

China introduces new ISS space station while ISS days are numbered

China presented on Tuesday a replica of its first ever occupied space station, which would replace the orbiting laboratory of the international community and symbolize the great ambitions of the country outside the earth.

The 17-meter (55-foot) core module was one of the main attractions of the Biennale Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aviation industry.

The model represented the living and working space of the Tiangong – or "Heavenly Palace" – which also contains two additional modules for scientific experiments and is equipped with solar cells.

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China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first ever-deployed space station, which would replace the orbiting laboratory of the international community and symbolize the country's great ambitions outside the Earth. The sub-model was unveiled at an aerospace fair in Zhuhai

China presented on Tuesday a replica of its first ever occupied space station, which would replace the orbiting laboratory of the international community and symbolize the great ambitions of the country outside the earth. The sub-model was unveiled at an aerospace fair in Zhuhai

Three astronauts will be permanently stationed in the 60-tonne orbiting laboratory, allowing the crew to conduct biological research and microgravity.

The assembly is expected to be completed around 2022 and the station would have a life of about 10 years.

The International Space Station – a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan – has been in operation since 1998, but is scheduled to retire in 2024.

China will then have the only space station in orbit that will be much smaller than the ISS, which weighs 400 tons and is the size of a football field.

The model represented the living and working space of the Tiangong - or "Heavenly Palace" - which will also contain solar panels and two other modules for scientific experiments. After the ISS retires in 2024, China will be the only country with a manned space station

The model represented the living and working space of the Tiangong – or "Heavenly Palace" – which will also contain solar panels and two other modules for scientific experiments. After the ISS retires in 2024, China will be the only country with a manned space station

The 17-meter (55-foot) core module was one of the main attractions of the Biennale Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aviation industry. At this size, however, it will be significantly smaller than the ISS

The 17-meter (55-foot) core module was one of the main attractions of the Biennale Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aviation industry. At this size, however, it will be significantly smaller than the ISS

The country announced in May that the lab for "all countries" to carry out scientific experiments

Research institutes, universities and public and private companies were invited to propose projects.

According to state media, it has received 40 plans from 27 countries and regions.

The European Space Agency has sent astronauts to China to receive training there in order to be ready to work within the Chinese space station after their launch.

China is investing billions in its military-operated space program and plans to send people to the moon in the near future.

Three astronauts will be permanently stationed in the 60-tonne orbiting laboratory, allowing the crew to conduct biological research and microgravity. China says its space station will be open to all countries

Three astronauts will be permanently stationed in the 60-tonne orbiting laboratory, allowing the crew to conduct biological research and microgravity. China says its space station will be open to all countries

What is the International Space Station?

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion science and technology lab 400 kilometers above the Earth.

Since November 2000 it is constantly occupied with rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts.

The space station is currently home to two Russians, three Americans and one Japanese.

Research onboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions that exist in low Earth orbit, such as gravity or oxygen.

The International Space Station (photo of the file) is a $ 100 billion science and technology laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above the Earth

The International Space Station (photo of the file) is a $ 100 billion science and technology laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above the Earth

ISS studies examined human research, space medicine, life sciences, physics, astronomy and meteorology.

The US space agency Nasa spends about US $ 3 billion (US $ 2.4 billion) annually for the space station program. These funds are approved by the Trump Administration and Congress.

A US House of Representatives overseeing NASA has begun to examine whether the program should be extended beyond 2024.

Alternatively, the money could be used to accelerate planned spacecraft initiatives for the Moon and Mars.

However, some errors have occurred.

A space lab called Tiangong-1 broke up when it crashed back to earth in early April, two years after it stopped working.

The Chinese authorities denied that the laboratory, which was put into orbit in September 2011 as a test site for the permanent station, was out of control.

A second laboratory, the Tiangong-2, was launched in 2016.

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