China is about to start its biggest manned space mission


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China is investing heavily in space exploration. Two astronauts born there already landed the Chinese space station, the Tiangong-2, and are ready to start the longest journey of the country to the space. There will be 30 days (twice as long compared to the last Chinese mission) performing scientific experiments in search of valuable information. All Chinese efforts can lead the country to be one of the most exploitative nations.

Last Sunday, the astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong launched the Shenzhou-11 capsule from the rocket Long March-2F, directly from the Gobi Desert. In just two days, the rocket has reached the Chinese space station, which, as the name implies, is the second Asian country and is active within only a month ago. The first station, by the way, was launched in 2011 and used in two manned missions of 15 days duration.

The idea of ​​China with its Tiangong stations is growing increasingly in the field of space exploration, including leading progressively larger missions into space. And by the way, it is possible that the Tiangong-1 to retire and leave orbit in the very near future. Already the Tiangong-3 should be sent into space in 2020, depending on the success of the Tiangong-2.

The first Chinese astronaut into space came in 2003, and since then the country not to work in tight space projects. The idea is to send crews of three people in their own rockets. Remember that the Chinese are so keen to become a world reference in space exploration that have already send and land successfully a probe on the moon. According to this line, the next step is to send a probe to Mars.

The China National Space Administration is not much to talk about their future missions, by the way. However, some reports show that a new manned mission to reach the Tiangong-2 in the process. Already in 2017, another manned mission (already with three astronauts mentioned above) should reach the space station, but in a shorter time than 30 days.

Via TechCrunch

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