China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered

  • China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered

China unveils new ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station as ISS days numbered

NASA recently shared a video shot in space aboard the International Space Station that is twice the resolution of those jaw-dropping screens, but it will be a few years before anyone has the hardware necessary to appreciate it.

Several worldwide space agencies launched the main module and first components of the ISS into space over two decades ago.

China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the global community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.

China just unveiled a life-size replica of the core module of the country's new space station at Airshow China, the largest aerospace exhibition in the country.

Right now, it's the only operational space station in orbit - but that's about to change. It is expected that construction will be completed around 2022.

Crowds gathered around the cylindrical space station module representing the living and working quarters of the Tiangong or "Heavenly Palace" which will also have two other modules for scientific experiments and will be equipped with solar panels. China announced earlier this year that they would allow other countries to conduct experiments on-board Tiangong.

The new station will technically belong to China, but will open its doors to all countries of the UN.

China has already invited distinguished universities, research institutes, and both public and private companies to propose possible projects. Since then, scientists and astronauts have manned the Earth-orbiting laboratory.

It has received 40 plans from 27 countries and regions, according to state media.

The european space agency (ESA) sends already astronauts training in China, with the goal that they are flying a day aboard the station in chinese. The moon will also travel to the Japanese space ship.