The International Space Station - a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan - has been in operation since 1998 and has become a symbol for international cooperation between the world's largest space-faring nations. The molecules collide among themselves in the lower atmosphere that causes the Aurora.
Several worldwide space agencies launched the main module and first components of the ISS into space over two decades ago. During this time the astronauts will evaluate its ability to protect from radiation, keep the temperature, as well as to resist the blows of micrometeorites, dust and other factors of the space environment.
China expects to finish construction of the station in 2022, and will maintain Tiangong for at least a decade.
China's "Heavenly Palace" Space Station, which boasts a 17-meter-wide core module, besides the other compartments of the station, wants to replace the International Space Station when it is gone. However, China's space agency unveiled the new core module for the station at an airshow this week, indicating that it plans to do a lot more with the station in the future. "The possibility for them (thanks to China) to send payloads on a platform of manned flight and conducting experiments is something that's extremely valuable", he observes.
"The space agency, china and the United Nations could quite imagine".
"Many countries, and increasingly private companies and universities, have space programs, but can not afford to build their own space station", he said.
But it has encountered some glitches.
Alternatively the money could be used to speed up planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.
A space lab dubbed Tiangong-1 disintegrated as it plunged back to Earth in early April, two years after it ceased functioning. "The most likely scenario for the future is that China will emerge as one of the major space powers", he said.
Roskosmos said Russian flight controllers plan to reboot the faulty computer - one of the three in the station's Russian module - on November 8. "But the business issues are becoming increasingly important in the space, and she recognizes the innovation and science as major economic engines".