By the end of 2022, China will officially complete the Tiangong Space Station. There are also astronauts working on the Shenzhou-15 space station. Later, the space station may be followed by another big object, the CSST large space survey telescope, which is expected to be launched this year.
After the Tiangong space Station is fully completed, China will launch and deploy the CSST at an appropriate time to carry out more extensive astronomical surveys, according to the latest edition of China's space white paper.
The launch date for the CSST telescope was previously said to be around 2024,The latest report in the overseas edition of the People's Daily suggests that the launch is expected to take place this year, although the exact date was not mentioned, possibly by the end of the year.
China's CSST telescope has a lens aperture of 2 meters, slightly smaller than the Hubble Telescope, which is about 2.4 meters.
But its field of view is about 300 times that of the Hubble Space Telescope, allowing it to observe large areas of the universe relatively quickly.
The CSST takes the Tiangong Space Station as its home port. During normal observation, it will fly independently away from the space station and co-orbit it. When it needs supplies or maintenance and upgrading, it will dock with the Tiangong space Station and dock at the home port.
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