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China is preparing for the launch of its space station core module, Tianhe ( Milky Way ), this year. The training of astronauts has begun for four-crewed missions.
Launch of the core module could be as early as next month with eleven missions planned for full completion. The aim is to complete the station by the end of 2022. When finished the station will be about the same size as Mir.
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Any guesses as to visual magnitude?
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It should be visible and depending on its orbital position relative to us. The Whenchang Space Centre is in the south at Hainen.
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The assembly of the Chinese orbital station, which is poetically called the "Heavenly Palace" in China, should begin with the launch of its Tianhe base module in March 2021. At the moment, it is the largest spacecraft developed by the PRC entirely on its own. Its length is 16.6 meters, the largest diameter is 4.2 meters, take-off weight is 22.5 tons.
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The first section of the Space station is due for launch on April 29, into an orbit
of inclination 42°. Its initial orbit is likely to be too low latitude for it to be visible in U.K.
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Was Mir visible from the UK? I’ve seen the ISS several times, shining like Venus, but it never occurred to me to look for Mir.
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yes, Mir was in an orbit similar to the I.S.S.; taking it over southern U.K. fairly frequently.

It eventually was dumped in the Pacific like much of the space garbage de-orbited over the years.
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Shenzhou 12 was launched today with 3-man crew.
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With the three astronauts now in the core module of the space station, the mission commander said that they would be faced with "arduous tasks".
There are rumblings in America about the threat of space being militarised. They should know. America has had military spy satellites in space for decades. Then, there's Trump's Space Command.
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For Devon, Heavens Above give the following passes for Tianhe-1 this coming week -

23 Jun 3.4 03:59:34 10° S 04:00:15 11° SSE 04:00:55 10° SSE visible
25 Jun 3.2 03:33:56 12° S 03:34:35 13° SSE 03:36:04 10° SE visible
26 Jun 3.0 04:07:51 10° SW 04:09:44 15° S 04:11:38 10° SE visible
27 Jun 3.1 03:09:19 14° SSE 03:09:19 14° SSE 03:10:40 10° SE visible
28 Jun 2.9 03:43:14 13° SSW 03:44:01 14° S 03:45:50 10° SSE visible
29 Jun 3.2 04:18:17 10° SSW 04:19:05 11° SSW 04:19:53 10° S visible

I assume the times are BST.

As you can see, not overly bright and not particularly high either! And probably in a fairly bright sky. Still, nothing ventured ...
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