written by andrew jones, on may 3rd, 2022

who: china
what: reveals plans for new tiangong space station
when: april 17th, 2022
why: tiangong will host six-month-long crewed missions during which astronauts will conduct an array of experiments
where: at a press conference
how: china will launch six major missions before the end of the year to complete its tiangong space station.

interesting fact: the ambitious plans include international cooperation, commercialization and perhaps even expansion. a second module, wentian (“asking the heavens”), will join tianhe in orbit in july, followed by the third and final module, mengtian (“dreaming of the heavens”), scheduled to launch in october.

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