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Old April 30th, 2021 #1
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The construction of China's space station is underway.

The core element of the Chinese Space Station launched to Earth orbit tonight (April 28), lifting off at 11:23 pm EDT (0323 GMT on April 29) atop a heavy lift Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the island of Hainan.

The 54-foot-long (16.6 meters) module, known as Tianhe ("Harmony of the Heavens") is the first space station component to launch. It will be joined in low Earth orbit later by two slightly smaller elements, forming a T-shaped space station that China aims to complete by the end of 2022.

But Tianhe will see considerable action before then: A Chinese cargo spacecraft is expected to visit the module next month, and three astronauts will come aboard in June, if all goes according to plan.
https://www.space.com/china-launches...-space-station

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Well, this isn't good...

Huge rocket looks set for uncontrolled reentry following Chinese space station launch

https://spacenews.com/huge-rocket-lo...tation-launch/
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Well, this isn't good...

Huge rocket looks set for uncontrolled reentry following Chinese space station launch

https://spacenews.com/huge-rocket-lo...tation-launch/
Depends where it lands.
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Depends where it lands.
We're both old enough to remember Skylab's reentry, of course. 70 percent of Earth's surface is ocean, so the chances are small the Chinese rocket will fall on an inhabited area.
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We're both old enough to remember Skylab's reentry, of course. 70 percent of Earth's surface is ocean, so the chances are small the Chinese rocket will fall on an inhabited area.
True, but what I meant was that it could be good if it lands on people we don't like. One can only hope.
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The interior of the core module looks clean, almost sci-fi-like compared to the 20-year-old ISS. This is only a mockup though, the real one will become more cluttered with equipment and storage once astronauts start doing work aboard like we see on ISS. Tianhe's basic design is patterned after the 1970s/80s Soviet 'Salyut' and 'Mir' with new Chinese-designed components. The 'Zvezda' Russian core segment of ISS also derives from Salyut/Mir.
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