Credit: CGTN/Inside Outer Space screengrab

2021 has been a major year for putting into operation early elements of China’s space station.

The Tianhe core module was sent into orbit, and two batches of Chinese astronauts boarded that element for lengthy stays.

Looking forward to 2022, the station’s construction is due to be completed after further crewed missions.

China’s space station agenda also includes lofting an optical module that carries a space telescope, touted as having a better field angle than the NASA Hubble space telescope.
Credit: CCTV/Inside Outer Space screengrab

For example, next year, the Wentian Laboratory Cabin Module and Mengtian Laboratory Cabin Module are to be attached to expand station operations. Additionally, at a later date, the Xuntian Space Station Telescope is to be launched, touted as having a better field angle than the NASA Hubble space telescope.

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Upcoming milestones

What to expect from China’s space station in 2022?

For details, go to this China Global Television Network (CGTN) “Tech Breakdown” video at:

https://www.facebook.com/ChinaGlobalTVNetwork/videos/458798169105076

Additionally, several new videos capture China’s space activities in 2021, description of a panoramic camera outfitted on the station, as well as what new materials are being developed for space missions.

Go to:

https://youtu.be/oHdqXPtIxT8

https://youtu.be/Sv5GRAZVh9g

https://youtu.be/cz3WB4ReNtc

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