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

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

"There is no doubt that China will use its station in a similar way as the ISS partners are using their outpost: research, technology and as a stepping-stone for deep-space exploration", said Chen Lan, analyst at GoTaikonauts.com, a website specialised in the Chinese space programme.

The release of the footage celebrates the 18th anniversary of humans living continuously aboard the station, and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first two space station elements in 1998.

In the future, the station will join two more module for scientific research and 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.

China will start putting together its first manned space station around 2020, according to government plans.

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China expects to finish construction of the station in 2022, and will maintain Tiangong for at least a decade.

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

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

And China is not keeping the space station all to itself.

"I'm sure over time China will be successful in developing partnerships".

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"A lot of countries and a growing number of private companies, and universities have space programs, but no money to build their own space station". China announced earlier this year that they would allow other countries to conduct experiments on-board Tiangong.

China is investing billions into its space program, flown by the army.

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

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.

"The space market is becoming more diverse", he said, "so it will be hard for one or two countries or companies to dominate the field in the way the U.S. and Soviet Union did during the Cold War".

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