China's space station heralds a new era of astropolitics

China’s space station heralds a new era of astropolitics

The International Space Station is no longer the only place humans can live in orbit. On November 29, 2022, the Shenzhou 15 mission launched from China’s Gobi Desert carrying three taikonauts – the Chinese word for astronauts. Six hours later, they reached their destination, the recently completed Chinese space station, called Tiangong, which means “heavenly …

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