China to launch Tiangong-2 space station next week

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China will send its second space lab, Tiangong-2 into space next week, as part of its plan to field a manned space station that is expected to be in service around 2022.

According to CCTV America, Tiangong-2 will orbit 393 kilometers above the earth. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, will dock with Tiangong-2 in October. The cargo ship Tianzhou-1 will dock with Tiangong-2 next year to resupply the space station.

Tiangong-2 is expected to monitor the earth while conducting conducting scientific experiments. It will also measure the topography of the oceans in order to study earth’s gravitational field, the TeCake reported.

China’s first space laboratory, Tiangong-1, was launched in 2011 and has been in good working condition ever since.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Tiangong-2’s orbit around earth
2. Shenzhou 11 docks with Tiangong-2
3. Tianzhou 1 docks with Tiangong-2; depiction of Tianzhou-1 resupplying energy to Tiangong-2
4. Tiangong-2 monitoring the earth and exploring space
5. Tiangong-2 measuring the topography of the ocean

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Tiangong-2 will orbit 393 kilometers above the earth.”

“The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, will dock with Tiangong-2 in October.”

“The cargo ship Tianzhou-1 will dock with Tiangong-2 next year to resupply the space station.”

“Tiangong-2 is expected to monitor the earth while conducting scientific experiments.”

“It will also measure the topography of the oceans in order to study earth’s gravitational field.”

SOURCES: CCTV America, The TeCake, NASA Spaceflight.com
http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/09/09/chinas-spacelab-tiangong-2-transferred-to-launch-pad
http://tecake.in/news/space/china-set-launch-second-space-lab-tiangong-2-next-week-whats-next-23166.html
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/09/china-tiangong-2-space-station-september-new-crew/