China plans to launch basic space station module this year


Milestones are coming fast and furiously for the Chinese space program.

Successful Chang’e 5 robotic mission returned samples of the pristine moon to Earth in mid-December, which had not been done since 1976. The first fully local Mars mission to China, Tianwen-1, is expected to arrive at the red planet on February 10. And soon after, the nation plans to begin assembling its space station in Earth orbit.

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