Some people have already noticed that in the
recent couple of years China has developed a new habit that
is to set off fireworks to celebrate Chinese
New Year and to send spaceships to mark the National
Day. Tomorrow is the 62th anniversary of the PRC, and
last night China's pre-fabricated mobile hotel named Celestial
Palace I (Tiangong 1) arrived on the site located high above
in the sky. The Palace is reportedly built according to
the construction plan and specification designed to accommodate
two to three multi-gendered earthbound mortals in near future.
While the Divine
Vessel VII (Shenzhou 7) - China's first generation
manned spaceship - only had a cabin area measuring 3.35
metres in length, the Celestial Palace is a five star hotel
on comparison, which has a home office 10.4m long with
the floor area of 15m2, that means the residents will not
have to sleep side by side and face to face - the husband
of a woman astronaut (whoever she may be) shall be quite
satisfied with such living arrangement, we bet.
It was the Long March that hurled the Palace
onto the heaven for a two-year trip, which is the 147th time
this powerful carrier rocket successfully tossed a terrestrial
object onto the celestial realm.
But the construction project for the Palace
has not yet completed, and later this year a superhighway
is scheduled to be built to link the vacant Celestial Palace
and the empty Divine Vessel VIII that by now is still parking
in its humble garage in China's remost west. If that infrastructure
technology is successfully developed, by next year it is
believed that two Chinese travelers will check into two
brand new celestial motels respectively and will be able
to visit each other through the highway whenever they feel
All these are understood to be part of the
effort to build a permanent residence in the sky (they call
it space station) in 2020.
China began its construction work on celestial
building projects since 1990 and is the third country, after
Russia and America, to offer accommodation for mortals touring
Why is the land of Celestial Kinglessdom capable
of marching towards the domain of heaven at such a fast pace?
There is a secret. What's the secret? Here is the secret:
to get its application to join the international space club
based on the United States successfully rejected by U.S.
Do you know what we are talking about? Yes,
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