The New Space Race: Iran, China, India, Russia, North Korea. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com.
3/10/16 (Photo: China plans to launch 2nd space station) The New Space Race: Iran, China, India, Russia, North Korea. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com. “Beijing: Rising space power China is preparing to place a second experimental space station into orbit this year followed by a pair of astronauts who will dock with it and live on board for several days. The government's China Manned Space Agency said Sunday the Tiangong 2 space lab will lift off sometime after June. Shortly afterward, the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will follow, the latest in a series of crewed Chinese missions that began in 2003. Next year, the Tianzhou 1 cargo ship will be launched to dock with the Tiangong 2 and provide it with fuel and other supplies. China launched Tiangong 1, its first space station, in 2011 and plans to construct a permanent station by 2022. China is planning a total of 20 space missions for this year….” http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/70220/China-plans-to-launch-2nd-space-station