Tianzhou-2 – UPSC Prelims

  • Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft is described as the delivery guy for China’s space station.
  • It was launched on a Long March-7 rocket and docked eight hours later with the space station’s first core module, Tianhe.
  • Tianzhou-2 is the largest cargo spacecraft in service.
  • It will be followed by the launch of another cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-3, and two manned missions, Shenzhou-12 and Shenzhou-13, in 2021, each carrying three astronauts who will spend several months in orbit.
  • The six missions to follow this year, including for the space station’s second and third modules, Wentian and Mengtian, will close to complete the construction of China’s first space station, expected to be finished in 2022.
  • The Space Station China is building is called Tiangong which means “Heavenly Space”.
  • The space station, which will be only the second after the International Space Station (ISS), has been designed with a lifespan of 10 years but could last 15 years, or until 2037.
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