søndag 27. juni 2021

China could leave US lost in space

Will China welcome American guests to its Tiangong space station when in just a few years it will be the only such habitable artificial satellite in operation? Social media and some nationalistic papers are buzzing with such speculation after last Thursday’s lift-off that sent Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo into the Tianhe, the core part of the Tiangong that is taking shape in low Earth orbit.

Beijing’s decade-long mission to build its own space station as a companion of the US-led International Space Station (ISS) is shaping up well and quickly. State media propaganda about the Tiangong is set to continue since the mission of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force major generals-turned-taikonauts is more than a round trip.