It seems to be the case that China’s space station, the Tiangong-2 may be the only one left in 2024. That will be when the ISS folds its cards from the space game.
China’s space station will be ready for action by the time the ISS chooses retirement. That is what the present plans show in plain view. The ISS is the most acclaimed science lab in space uptil now.
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China is however working on its Tiangong-2 which is also a name to be reckoned with. It is entirely a possibility that China will be the only country with a space station by the time the ISS is retired from active duty in space.
China remains a sincere candidate for the space race. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is currently busy making its space station. It could turn out to be the only one in operation by the time the year 2024 arrives in all its futuristic splendor.
Were this to happen, all the observations made from space will be done under the aegis of the People’s Republic of China. That would definitely be a change of scenery.
The space modules Tiangong-1 and 2 were launched in preparation for the space station. The second of these is presently in position in space. The second one was sent into space via the Long March 2F Rocket.
China lost all contact with Tiangong-1. Yet it is planning on sending a major space station module within two years time span. It will be called Tianhe-1 and it will be flown into space using the powerful Long March 5 Rocket. The fact that China’s space station will be the only one in space in 2024 is now the talk of the town.
Chinese astronauts are termed Taikonauts. They will probably spend a year aboard the space station when it is ready to be functional. The space station will hopefully have a decade-long span of service.
Supplies will be sent to the space station for the Taikonauts on board. With this space station, China will be the second country after Russia to have built one.
In 2017, China will also launch its first cargo spaceship, according to TechTimes. As for the ISS, its first parts were launched into orbit in 1998. It was fitted with the help of the Russian Proton and Soyuz Rockets.