China to develop, launch space telescope which will share orbit with its future space station

The space telescope will dock with the co-orbiting Chinese space station, which will be structured in a T shape with three key modules.

China's Long March-2F carrier rocket transporting the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwestern China's Gansu Province on October 17, 2016.
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China continues to make ambitious announcements related to its space programmes. The latest to its list of upcoming projects is a space telescope, which will share the same orbit with the country's future space station, Yang Liwei, deputy director of China Manned Space Agency, announced on Tuesday.

The space telescope will be used to capture large-scale, multi-colour images of celestial objects and conduct more advanced spectroscope surveys to better understand the properties of light in outer space. The telescope will also be able to dock with the co-orbiting space station for various purposes, including refueling, maintenance and exchange, Xinhua reported.

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