China unveils its new space station 'Heavenly Palace'

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China just showed the world that it's upping its space exploration game with the introduction of the Tiangong Space Station. The name of the space station translates as "heavenly Palace".

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The latest "Heavenly Palace" incarnation will also have two other modules for scientific experiments and it will be able to house three astronauts on a permanent basis to conduct biological and microgravity research. The three-minute video on YouTube sees astronauts living, working and conducting research from the International Space Station, from both inside and outside its orbiting laboratory.

The european space agency (ESA) sends already astronauts training in China, with the goal that they are flying a day aboard the station in chinese.

China expects to finish construction of the station in 2022, and will maintain Tiangong for at least a decade.

Right now, it's the only operational space station in orbit - but that's about to change.

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Research institutes, universities, and public and private companies have been invited to propose projects. The country's state media reported that China had received around 40 plans from 27 countries and regions.

"I'm sure over time China will be successful developing partnerships", said Bill Ostrove, space analyst with US -based Forecast International consultancy. Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programmes, but can not afford to build their own space station.

It is set to operate for about 15 years, according to the China Academy of Space Technology, developer of the station.

"The space agency, china and the United Nations could quite imagine".

A space lab dubbed Tiangong-1 disintegrated as it plunged back to Earth in early April, two years after it ceased functioning. China has said it plans to let space agencies from other governments use the station for experiments.

A second lab, the Tiangong-2, was launched into orbit in 2016.

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