BEIJING: China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years.
The Tiangong 2 was carried into space on Thursday night atop a Long March 7 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China.
Plans call for the launch next month of the Shenzhou 11 spaceship with two astronauts to dock with the station and remain on board for a month. The station, whose name means "Heavenly Palace," is considered a stepping stone to a mission to Mars by the end of the decade.
The Tiangong 2 module will be used for "testing systems and processes for mid-term space stays and refueling," and will house experiments in medicine and various space-related technologies.
China's first space station, Tiangong 1, was launched in September 2011 and officially went out of service earlier this year after having docked with three visiting spacecraft.
Bitter truth,China is the new superpower in the world it has bought most world commodities,land,mines and raw materials it also has billions in reserve and the buying power no one can match.America has the edge with technology but is trillions in dept.Its only a matter of time for the dragon to roar with full strength.
4 2 Reply Flag
Indian attitude and indian people are several decade behind
3 0 Reply Flag
This is called good competition between US, India and China. Making atom bombs and training terrorists is not healthy for anyone. There is no fun.
3 1 Reply Flag
The ISS will de-orbit around 2020 and crash into the Pacific Ocean leaving the Tiangong 2 as the only space station in orbit. In terms of space development, China is heading in the right direction, while we just jumped mindlessly ahead and sent a probe to Mars which didn''t provide any significant contribution to our space program.
2 1 Reply Flag
India is several decades behind...
2 0 Reply Flag
Excellent stuff. It doesn''t matter which country, it shows the progress of mankind. Reaching beyond the current limits.
1 0 Reply Flag
rk from NY
"Hahahha. Whatever haopened to the first one??? Oh wait. They had to abandon it !!! They already lost the race to land robots in mars .... Btw. The indian mars probe was successful at ita first attempt. Chinese losing on several fronts now !!!!! "
0 0 Reply Flag
China should take its all weather friends also to space, some paki''s so that they can occupy part of mars and moon
0 1 Reply Flag
It''s ridiculous that tiny scientists are trying to understand mystery of nature, universe or God but looking at vastness of universe, will be they able to find out mystery of God or Universe! !!?
0 1 Reply Flag