China's space program is on the fast track to not only compete with the United States' long-dominant operation but potentially surpass it, with one expert saying a launch last week to complete the massive Tiangong space station was Beijing's way of telling NASA: "We are coming for you."
Three Chinese astronauts boarded a Shenzhou-15 spacecraft headed to the nation's massive space station on Tuesday morning. The taikonaut trio will greet three of their counterparts in a historic encounter that marks the first time that two crews will be housed on the orbiting outpost at the same time. The new crew will then settle in for a six-month stay in the "Celestial Palace" which officially marks the last phase of the orbital outpost's construction.
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