Tiangong space station


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Why in news?

  • China launches first Tiangong space station module.

About the space station:

  • The Tiangong Space Station  or Chinese large modular space station is a planned space station to be placed in low Earth orbit between 340–450 km above the surface.
  • The Tiangong Space Station will be roughly one-fifth the mass of the International Space Station and about the size of the decommissioned Russian Mir space station.
  • Operations will be controlled from the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center in China.
  • The core module, the Tianhe ("Harmony of the Heavens") was launched on 29 April 2021.
  • This will be followed by two Laboratory Cabin Modules 'Wentian' & 'Mengtian' respectively, will provide additional navigation avionics, propulsion and orientation control as backup functions for the CCM.
  • It is   designed to accommodate three astronauts and is designed to be used for 10 years, although the mission could be extended.

Prelims Question

”Tiangong”, a name recently in news is :
(a)A proposed space station
(b)A Large Radio Telescope 
(c)A newly discovered asteroid
(d)None of the above

Answer to Prelims question