China has launched the most important part or module of their new permanent space station. This is China’s latest move in an ambitious space program. The media reported on the BBC.
Named Tianhe, the module houses rooms for astronauts. The Tianhe module was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China by a rocket called Long March-FiveB.
China hopes to launch its new space center by 2022.
There is now only one space station in space – the International Space Station. This station is not allowed to be used by China.
China has started its space mission too late. In 2003, China first sent its astronauts into orbit. China was then the third country to run a space mission after the then Soviet Union and the United States.
So far, China has sent two space stations into space. Tiangang-1 and Tiangang-2 were the two experimental space stations. These were very simple modules, where astronauts were allowed to stay for a short time.
The current new Tiangong station weighs 66 tons and has many modules. This station can work for at least 10 years.
‘Tianhe’ is the core of this permanent Tiangong space station. It is 16.6 meters long and 4.2 meters wide.
This module will supply power to the space station and orbit the space station. The module will also have astronaut accommodation and life-saving technology.