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Submission + - China launches space station (cnn.com) 1

wisebabo writes: In another universe, it would be on its way to Europa by now. (2011 by Arthur C. Clarke).

Anyone know what orbital plane/altitude it's at? Can it be reached by NASA/Soyuz? Are the docking ports compatible? How about the air pressure/breathing mix?

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China launches space station

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  • The Chinese use APAS [wikipedia.org]. Russian-designed for the use in Apollo-Soyuz project, reused in Buran and the Mir module to which Buran was supposed to dock, reused again in Shuttle-Mir programme (in fact, the docking port carried by Shuttle was a refurbished unit originally meant for Buran), afterwards remaining as the method for Shuttle ISS dockings (and also planned to be used by at least two upcoming capsules)

    It has few versions, but the Chinese apparently use the "current" one - so they should be compatible (c

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