China unveils its future space station

Federico Mansilla
Noviembre 9, 2018

The 55-foot long core module was put on display at the country's leading aerospace industry exhibition, the Airshow China, in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai.

In 2024, it will become the world's only space station if the United States-led International Space Station is retired that year as planned. 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. It is expected that construction will be completed around 2022.

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.

The country announced in May that the lab would be open to "all countries" to conduct science experiments.

On Tuesday, China publicly introduced a life-sized replica of the Tiangong Space Station, the country's first permanently crewed future space laboratory.

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China has already invited distinguished universities, research institutes, and both public and private companies to propose possible projects. It places particular satellites in orbit, for its own account (Earth observation, telecommunications, gps system Beidou) or for other countries.

It has received 40 plans from 27 countries and regions, according to state media.

While most of us are still trailing behind with 4k televisions or sets with a likely much lower resolution, NASA sent a Helium RED 8k ultra high definition (UHD) camera to the International Space Station to capture some incredible videos.

Should NASA invest in the creation of another space station or just rely on the future Tiangong Space Station? The moon will also travel to the Japanese space ship.

But China's space program has encountered some glitches.

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