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    TIANGONG 1 can be found in the following categories:
    Space & Earth Science

    NORAD ID: 37820
    Int'l Code: 2011-053A
    Perigee: 343.9 km
    Apogee: 356.6 km
    Inclination: 42.8 °
    Period: 91.4 minutes
    Semi major axis: 6721 km
    Launch date: September 29, 2011
    Source: People's Republic of China (PRC)
    Comments: TIANGONG 1 is the first Chinese space laboratory module launched on a critical test flight to demonstrate the vital docking technology required for a future space station. The Tiangong 1 space lab will serve as a space station module prototype for China, which is the third country (after Russia and the United States) to develop the capability to launch astronauts into space and return them safely to Earth. Tiangong 1 measures 34.1 feet (10.4 m) long and has a maximum diameter of 11 feet (3.4 m). The spacecraft features two modules: a resource module with fuel tanks and solar panels for power; and an experiment module with an effective volume of 530 cubic feet (15 cubic meters). China says that's enough volume for three astronauts to live and work. According to Chinese media, the experimentation and living section includes sleeping and exercise facilities. Tiangong means heavenly palace in English.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 37820U 11053A   14329.52704259  .00081426  00000-0  51524-3 0  6047
    2 37820 042.7687 058.1261 0009454 019.1487 113.1783 15.75537335181391
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for TIANGONG 1

     
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