China launches key module of space station planned for 2022

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China dispatched an automated module on Thursday containing what will become the living quarters for three groups on a lasting space station that it intends to finish before 2022, state media revealed. 

The module, named "Tianhe", or "Harmony of the Heavens", was dispatched on the Long March 5B, China's most giant transporter rocket, at 11:23 a.m. (0323 GMT) from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan. 

Tianhe is one of three fundamental parts of what might be China's first self-created space station, matching the only other station in help - the International Space Station (ISS). 

The ISS is sponsored by the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada. China was banned from taking part by the United States. 

"(Tianhe) is an important pilot project in the building of a powerful nation in both technology and space," state media quoted President Xi Jinping as saying in a congratulatory speech.

Tianhe structures the fundamental living quarters for three team individuals in the Chinese space station, which will have a life expectancy of, in any event, ten years. 

The Tianhe dispatch was the first of 11 missions expected to finish the space station, which will circle Earth at 340 to 450 km (211-280 miles). 

China will dispatch the two other centre modules in the later missions, four monitored rockets and four load space apparatus. 

Work on the space station program started ten years prior with the dispatch of a space lab Tiangong-1 in every 2011, and later, Tiangong-2 out of 2016. 

Both assisted China with testing the program's space meeting and docking capacities. 

China means to turn into a significant space power by 2030. It has inclined up its space program with visits to the moon, the dispatch of an uncrewed test to Mars, and its space station development.

Source: India today 

 

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