Mengtian Module

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    • Recently, China launched its third and final permanent space station component (Tiangong space station).  

    About Mengtian module 

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    • Mengtian is the second lab module and the last major component of China’s space station. 
      • It means “heavenly dream”.
      • Mengtian will later be relocated to its permanent position and the three modules Tianhe, Wentian lab module and Mengtian will form a basic T-shape structure of the space station. 
    • Mengtian weighs in at about 23 tons, is 17.9 meters (58.7 feet) long and has a diameter of 4.2 meters (13.8 feet).
    • It will provide space for science experiments in zero gravity, an airlock for exposure to the vacuum of space, and a small robotic arm to support extravehicular payloads. 
    • The already orbiting 23-ton Wentian, or “quest for the heavens” laboratory is designed for science and biology experiments and is heavier than any other single-module spacecraft currently in space.

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    • Next year, China plans to launch the Xuntian space telescope, which, while not a part of Tiangong, will orbit in sequence with the station and can dock occasionally with it for maintenance. 

    Source: TH