China launches first module of its new space station

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China has launched the first module of its new Tiangong space station, according to the BBC.

The module, known as Tianhe, is 16.6 meters long and 4.2 meters in diameter and will orbit Earth at an altitude of 340 to 450 kilometers, or 210 to 280 miles.

Once in orbit, the module will provide power and propulsion for the station and operate as the living quarters for astronauts. It will usually support three people at a time, and six during crew changeovers, according to IEEE Spectrum.

The Wentian and Mengtian modules, designed to house scientific experiments, will connect with Tianhe in 2021. Tianhe's other docking ports will also allow crewed Shenzhou and Tianzhou spacecraft to dock with the station.

After being blocked from joining the International Space Station by the U.S., China's new station will be closer in size to the Russian Mir station, according to IEEE Spectrum. It will weigh 66 metric tons versus the International Space Station's 420 metric tons.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location of Wenchang Space Launch Center
2. Tianhe module separating from rocket
3. The module as a propulsion system and living quarters
4. Different elements of the Tiangong space station come together
5. Size comparison of Tiangong with ISS and Mir space stations
6. Tiangong-1 crashes to Earth

VOICEOVER (in English):

"China has launched the first module of its new Tiangong space station, according to the BBC."

"The module, known as Tianhe, is 16.6 meters long and 4.2 meters in diameter and will orbit Earth at an altitude of 340 to 450 kilometers, or 210 to 280 miles."

"Once in orbit, the module will provide power and propulsion for the station and operate as the living quarters for astronauts. It will usually support three people at a time, and six during crew changeovers, according to IEEE Spectrum."

"The Wentian and Mengtian modules, designed to house scientific experiments, will connect with Tianhe in 2021. Tianhe's other docking ports will also allow crewed Shenzhou and Tianzhou spacecraft to dock with the station."

"After being blocked from joining the International Space Station by the U.S., China's new station will be closer in size to the Russian Mir station, according to IEEE Spectrum. It will weigh 66 metric tons versus the International Space Station's 420 metric tons."

"Space.com reports China followed a three-step strategy to get to this stage, first building crewed spacecraft, followed by the mini space stations Tiangong-1 and 2. However, Tiangong-1 crashed to Earth in April 2018."

SOURCES: BBC, IEEE Spectrum, Scientific American, Space.com, Reuters
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56924370
https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/space-flight/everything-you-need-to-know-about-chinas-space-station-tianhe-launch
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/china-is-set-to-launch-first-module-of-massive-space-station1/
https://www.space.com/china-launches-core-module-tianhe-space-station
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/china-launches-key-module-planned-space-station-2021-04-29/