China's Space Station

China have designed and built most of their new space station, and will soon start launching it up to space in separate modules.  It will be much smaller than the International Space Station, but will serve as China’s personal laboratory.

The station is made up of three main parts; the main core module will be launched this year, followed by two large laboratories; both will be connecting to the main module.  They have planned 11 launches to the station before officially opening it in 2023.

China has had their own space programme for sometime, and have already launched smaller modules, cargo and crew into space to test their capabilities as part of their ‘Tiangong’ program.

The new station is planned to orbit at around 250 miles up for the next 10 years, having 3 astronauts living there at any one time.

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