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The Chinese are coming...

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Space and Planetary Science' started by amusicsite, 31 Oct 2011.

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    http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/09/09/chinas-spacelab-tiangong-2-transferred-to-launch-pad

    Their new space lab is getting ready for lift off.

    If all goes well China should have a permanent space station in 2022.
     
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    I think this is partly the answer to "why have we not gone back to the moon?". There are a lot of nations that would like to do it but even by today's standards it's not that cheap or easy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science...ssion-to-far-side-of-the-moon-space-discovery

    Looks like they are still working towards it and America, for at lest the 3rd time since they last went there, are talking about doing it again.

    I do think within the next 5-10 years there will be more people on the moon but who gets there first this time is anyone's guess.
     
  10. classic33

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    Odd as it sounds, my money is on India, with Japan as second choice.

    Just got to make sure I don't lose that slip, or they've shut up shop before "they" get there.
     
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    http://spacenews.com/china-appears-to-be-preparing-to-deorbit-its-tiangong-2-space-lab/
    Looks like it's the end of Tiangong-2.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiangong-2

    So I guess they have learnt all they need, including...

    So I guess it's time for their first real big space station.
     
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    https://spacenews.com/change-4-begins-lunar-day-7-after-yutu-2-rover-overcomes-cosmic-challenges/

    It's quite impressive that their lander on the far side of the moon is still running. One of the problems of the moon and why it does not have as many rovers as Mars, is the massive temperature swings between the long days and nights. The Chinese seem to have cracked this by running a heater over the night periods to protect it. They are hoping for a whole year of use. Maybe this will lead to more moon based rovers in the future.