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China to launch space telescope
    2017-June-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA will develop and launch a 2-meter-caliber space telescope, which will share the same orbit with the country’s future space station, said Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Agency.

The telescope will dock with the co-orbital space station for refueling as well as maintenance and exchange, Yang revealed at the ongoing Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017), which began Tuesday in Beijing.

Used for large-scale, multi-color imaging and seamless spectroscope surveying, the space telescope is expected to provide observation data for astronomical and physical studies, said Yang, who is also China’s first astronaut.

China will launch the core module of the country’s manned space station in 2019 as the first step in completing the country’s first space outpost.

The station, expected to begin operation by 2022 and orbit for at least 10 years, will be composed of three modules: core module, experiment module I and experiment module II. Each module will weigh more than 20 tons and together the three will be structured in a T shape, with the core module in the middle and an experiment module on each side.

The station, orbiting 340 to 450 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, will usually accommodate three crew members, with a maximum crew capacity up to six during rotations, Yang said.

Also, during the conference, Wu Yansheng, president of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), said that China wants to improve space infrastructure and develop space sciences under the principle of creating peaceful cooperation in outer space.

He said that China will continue to provide services for other countries, including international commercial launches and sending satellites into orbit.

According to Wu, China plans to launch Chang’e-5 lunar probe in late 2017 to collect samples from the moon.

China plans to send a probe to Mars around 2020 and launch the Chang’e-4 lunar probe for a soft landing on the far side of the moon in 2018, he said.

China is also working on a concept for a manned lunar landing.

The mission will consist of a manned spaceship, a propulsion vehicle and a lunar lander. The manned spaceship and the lunar lander will be sent separately into lunar orbit, according to Wu. (Xinhua)

 

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