5 July 2016
China’s amazing growth in space exploration will see it launch its first manned space station, Tiangong-2, in September to replace the prototype module, Tiangong-1, which was launched in September 2011.
Tiangong-2, literally meaning: “Heavenly Palace 2″ was expected to have launched in 2015 but had to be delayed by the China National Space Agency.
China moved to launch its own manned space station because the U.S. has refused to grant its astronauts, called taikonauts (by the Chinese), entry into the International Space Station as the U.S. says it fears sharing its technology could result in a breach of America’s national security.
The U.S. are of this notion because China’s space programme is militarily-grounded, not civilian like every other nation’s.