PM Narendra Modi asked scientists to aim to send the first Indian to the Moon by 2040 and set up an Indian space station by 2035, said an official statement. He gave these directions during a meeting to review the preparedness of the Gaganyaan mission and the first demonstration flight of the crew for October 21. "The meeting evaluated the mission’s readiness, affirming its launch in 2025," the statement said.
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Wentian, the first laboratory module of China's space station, was launched on July 25. The new module will serve as a backup for the main module and a robust platform for scientific experiments. Wentian is the first of three modules that make Tianhe core module for China and Wentian and Mengtian. Tianhe module was released in April 2021, and the Mengtian module will be released in October of this year.
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A spacewalk that was planned to repair a faulty antenna on the International Space Station on November 30 has been postponed. NASA said, due to "debris notification", they have to postpone it. About two US astronauts were supposed to venture outside the space station at 7:10 a.m, however, it was postponed after NASA tweeted that the spacewalk had been called off for time being.
The United States expressed its concerns over the space debris generated from Russia's anti-satellite missile test on November 15. After the test, NASA advised the seven-member crew of the International space station to lock themselves in their docked spaceship capsules for two hours. ''We'll continue monitoring the debris in the coming days and beyond to ensure the safety of our crew in orbit,'' said Bill Nelson, NASA chief.
Blue Origin, owned by Jeff Bezos unveiled plans to develop a commercial space station in the name of "Orbital Reef", collaborating with Boing, which will be used as a business park, opening new markets in space. The venture will be seen partnering with America's Private defence contractors Sierra Nevada Corp, and Arizona University. Notably, Blue Origin completed its first space tourism flight in July, sitting Bezos and three others.
Three Chinese astronauts, who were on a 90-day space mission to complete China's space station, landed in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship in the Gobi Desert on September 17. Chiese broadcaster also shared the video of the landing of three astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo. Reportedly, China will soon send another set of astronauts into space in Shenzhou-13 to complete the mission in the next two years.
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China successfully launched its space station on June 17 from the Jiuquan launch centre in the northwest of the Gobi desert. Zhang Zhen, director of the Jiuquan satellite launch centre said, "The Long March-2F rocket has sent the Shenzhou-12 manned spacecraft". Carrying three astronauts, the Shenzhou-12 will get attached to the main section of the space station. Acknowledging the crowd of supporters, the astronauts sung the patriotic song of… read-more
China is again set to launch the manned mission via 'Shenzhou-12' to space on June 17. However, this will be the third of 11 missions needed to complete China's space station by 2022. Astronaut Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo will be spending three months in the space & test technologies required for further development. Reportedly, China looks forward to compete with the International Space Station.
Russia has stated to build its own space station by 2030 as it is preparing to quit the current decades-old International Space Station (ISS). Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov informed that Russian space agency Roscosmos will soon submit a notice and exit the ISS after 2025. The project, estimated to cost around $6 billion, now awaits the final approval of Russian President Vladimir Putin.