China Unveils New 'Heavenly Palace' Space Station

Christopher Davidson
November 9, 2018

The station chinese space (CSS), also called Tiangong ("heavenly Palace") will consist of three parts: a main module along almost 17 metres (place of life and labour) presented to you on Tuesday, and two related modules (for scientific experiments). There will also be a hatch for astronauts' extravehicular activities. At the moment, the station is the only operational space laboratory in orbit.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold does some filming on the International Space Station Oct. 3, 2018, with a Helium 8K camera, made by the digital cinema company RED.

"Viewers can watch high-resolution footage from inside and outside the orbiting laboratory right on their computer screens", NASA says. It is set to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology, developer of the station. In particular, the scientists sequenced the DNA to identify microbes on the station. It will have 26 internal payload cabinets, 67 external hatches created to dock with medium-sized extravehicular apparatuses and four external points for towing large instruments, according to designers.

That's actually quite a bit smaller than the ISS, which is about as large as an American football field if you count its large solar panels. China announced earlier this year that they would allow other countries to conduct experiments on-board Tiangong.

The space station program is called Tiangong, which means "Heavenly Palace" in Chinese.

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Institutes, universities, and public and private companies were invited to submit projects. China has received 40 from 27 countries and regions, proposals that still need to be the subject of a selection, reported in October, State television CCTV.

"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.

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

"Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programs, but can not afford to build their own space station", he said. With our thanks! The Galaxy Editorial Staff.

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