China Unveils the Tiangong Space Station as Replacement of the ISS

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However, China's future space station is about to change everything.

Several worldwide space agencies launched the main module and first components of the ISS into space over two decades ago.

Roscosmos said Tuesday that one of three computers in the station's Russian module has failed.

"Science gets scaled up with the first 8K ultra high definition (UHD) video from the International Space Station", NASA wrote in the video description on YouTube.

China will then have the only space station in orbit, though it will be much smaller than the ISS which weighs 400 ton and is as large as a football pitch.

With assembly expected to be completed around 2022, a sneak preview of the 17-metre (55-foot) core module wowed audiences at China's main aerospace industry exhibition in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai.

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"China will use its space station in the same manner as the partners of the ISS are now using them, research, development of technologies and preparation of crews of chinese to long-duration flights", says Chen Lan, an analyst for GoTaikonauts.com a specialist internet site in the space program chinese. It is set to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology, developer of the station.

Research institutes, universities, and public and private companies have been invited to propose projects. Earlier this year, the country announced that the lab would be open to "all countries" to conduct science experiments and the European Space Agency has already sent astronauts to China for training so that they can use the space station once it is up and running. The country's state media reported that China had received around 40 plans from 27 countries and regions.

"I'm sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships", said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with USA -based Forecast International consultancy.

China is pouring billions into its military-run space programme, with plans to send humans to the Moon in the near future.

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.

"Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programs, but can not afford to build their own space station", he said. It's frankly not as exciting knowing that what you're seeing is only a fraction of what is actually there, but we will never turn down a chance to see more of ISS and its many marvels. With our thanks! The Galaxy Editorial Staff.

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