China plans to put the first crew of the new permanent space station into orbit on Thursday.
China’s manned space station officials announced on Wednesday that veteran astronauts Nie Haisheng and Liu Boming, as well as a newcomer, Kara Hongbo, will board Shenzhou 12 and explode from the Kyusen Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China. At the age of 56, Nie Haisheng becomes China’s oldest astronaut in space.
This trio will board the first module of a station called Tenwa, which means “Tenwa”, for three months. The mission, the first manned space flight in five years in China, is the third of the eleven needed to add elements to the space station before it becomes fully operational in 2022. The new station will continue to operate for 10 years.
This station could last longer than the US-led International Space Station, which may be deprecated after the funds expire in 2024. China has never sent astronauts to the ISS under US law that effectively prohibits the space agency NASA from cooperating with China.
China is actively building a space program as an example of its global status and growing technological capabilities. In 2003, it became the third country to send people to space after the United States and Russia, and it already operates two temporary experimental space stations with a manned crew.
Just this year, we sent an unmanned spacecraft into orbit around Mars, and another spacecraft brought back the first sample from the Moon in more than 40 years.
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