China Completes another Part of its own Space Station Paving the Way for Astronauts to Live there

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China has completed another major part of its own space station, the latest in a string of ambitious extraterrestrial projects from the worlds secondlargest economy. The Long March 7 rocket carrying the Tianzhou2 cargo spacecraft took off at 855 p.m. local time on Saturday from the Wenchang launch site, according to the China Manned Space agency. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Tianzhou2 docked with the core module of the space station called Tianhe.

Chinas space station will be made of three modules which includes the Tianhe core, cargo spacecraft such as Tianzhou2 and laboratories. China will carry out 11 missions this year and next to complete the construction of the space station, and bring astronauts and supplies up too. The space station is expected to go into operation in 2022.

The docking of Tianzhou2 has paved the way for China to launch astronauts to the space station. The cargo spacecraft carried up astronaut supplies including space suits and food. Shredded pork and kung pao chicken are among the food items transported to space, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Chinas first selfdeveloped space station will rival the International Space Station, which is a cooperative effort between the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. China is not involved. Beijing has been putting a lot of emphasis on ambitious space projects. Last year, China completed its global navigation system called Beidou, a rival to the U.S. governmentowned Global…

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