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China unveils rival to International Space Station

Sydney Morning Herald | April 27, 2011
Less than a decade ago, it fired its first human being into orbit. Now, Beijing is working on a multi-capsule outpost in space. But what is the political message of the Tiangong 'heavenly palace'?

Jiang added that China aimed to increase international exchanges, and that the hardware from the current rendezvous and docking project is compatible with the International Space Station.

"We will adhere to the policy of opening up to the outside world," he said. "Scientists of all countries are welcome to participate in space science experimental research on China's space station."

China hopes to make its first moon landing within two years and to put an astronaut on the moon as early as 2025.

 The Guardian



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