NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold does some filming on the International Space Station Oct. 3, 2018, with a Helium 8K camera, made by the digital cinema company RED. The molecules collide among themselves in the lower atmosphere that causes the Aurora.
Russia's Roskosmos space agency says one of the computers on the International Space Station (ISS) has malfunctioned, but it gave assurances that the defect has no impact on the safety of the crew. 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. The station, whose construction will be completed in 2022, will be open to astronauts of all countries.
In the future, the station will join two more module for scientific research and solar panels. The country's state media reported that China had received around 40 plans from 27 countries and regions. "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.
Step forward China. China already has experience with Earth-orbiting space stations.
According to Bill Ostrove, on the other hand, despite the significant achievements that EU, China, Japan, and Russian Federation make, the U.S. will remain the most significant power in space exploration.
Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space program, with plans to send humans to the Moon in the near future.
A space lab dubbed Tiangong-1 disintegrated as it plunged back to Earth in early April, two years after it ceased functioning.
The second iteration, Tiangong-2, is still a work in progress. "Despite a lot of talk of the opposite, the United States remains the most dominant power in space right now", Ostrove said.
"Dominate the space has never been a goal for China", says Chen Lan.
The space station is now home to two Russians, three Americans and one Japanese.
But Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and India will continue to play "major roles" in space exploration, while private firms are becoming increasingly important in the sector, Ostrove added.