China to launch Tiangong-2 space station next week
Tiangong-2 is a part of China's strategy to field a manned space station that is expected to be in service around 2022.
China will send its second space lab, Tiangong-2 into space next week, as part of its plan to field a manned space station that is expected to be in service around 2022.
According to CCTV America, Tiangong-2 will orbit 393 kilometers above the earth. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, will dock with Tiangong-2 in October. The cargo ship Tianzhou-1 will dock with Tiangong-2 next year to resupply the space station.
Tiangong-2 is expected to monitor the earth while conducting scientific experiments. It will also measure the topography of the oceans in order to study earth’s gravitational field, the TeCake reported.
China’s first space laboratory, Tiangong-1, was launched in 2011 and has been in good working condition ever since.
Tiangong-2 has been transferred to a launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. It is expected to be launched some time between Sept. 15 and Sept. 20. CCTV NEWS
China’s first space laboratory, Tiangong-1, was launched in 2011 and has been in good working condition ever since. XINHUA / WANG YONGZHUO
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