China invites United Nations members to utilise its upcoming space station

International Space Station

International Space Station

China is now in the process of building it.

"CSS [China Space Station] belongs not only to China, but also to the world", Shi Zhongjun, China's Ambassador to United Nations, told state-run news agency Xinhua. The goal of the experiment, conducted by students at Valley Christian High School in San Jose in California, is to learn how to grow vegetables in the challenging, microgravity conditions of the space station - and eventually on the Moon and Mars - as human space exploration expands.

All countries, regardless of their size and level of development, were invited to explore cooperation with China aboard the CSS, ranging from growing a plant in space to accommodating an astronaut, Shi Zhongjun, China's ambassador to the United Nations and other worldwide organisations in Vienna told state-run Xinhua news agency. "All countries, regardless of their size and level of development, can participate in the cooperation on an equal footing".

Opening up China's future space station to the world will reinforce worldwide cooperation for the peaceful use of outer space, said United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) director Simonetta Di Pippo. President Donald Trump has said his administration is considering ending the US's involvement in the space station by 2025, which is three years ahead of the previously accepted schedule.

NASA has already spent about $100 billion to keep the space station - which functions like an orbiting laboratory for astronauts and scientists - in top shape.

Canada files promised NAFTA, WTO cases challenging US 232 tariffs
Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's largest automaker, warned that the decision could start a trade war that no side would win. Trudeau has slammed the move, and declared just hours later that Canada would match US tariffs "dollar-for-dollar".

Melania Trump's absence continues, skipping Camp David weekend
Melania Trump's friend, Paolo Zampolli, explains her absence by saying that she just wants to spend quality time with her family. The White House says Melania Trump won't join her husband when he heads to the Camp David presidential retreat for the weekend.

Love Island's new villa laid bare in new photos
It has not yet been confirmed whether Kem will make an appearance presenting on the mainline show. Cara also confessed she didn't think new contestants would take any advice she offers.

Six broccoli seeds were aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft that launched this week from Wallops Island, Virginia, as part of a space station cargo resupply mission.

China is now working to launch its own orbital space station dubbed the China Space Station or CSS.

China is hoping the new station, which will consist of three main modules, will become operational in 2022 after launching the first module in 2019.

China is planning to open its next space outpost to the world. That module is expected to be sent into orbit as early as 2020, with the rest of the station expected to be completed by 2022.

Recommended News

  • Oklahoma State advances to NCAA men’s golf title match

    Oklahoma State advances to NCAA men’s golf title match

    Alabama won consecutive men's golf titles in 2013 and 2014. "Leaning on it a little bit to be quite honest", Seawell said. The Cowboy junior followed it up with a par to win the 10th and another par to square the 11thand lock up the match.
    Lyme -- The First Epidemic of Climate Change author

    Lyme -- The First Epidemic of Climate Change author

    Public Health suggests people travelling to those provincial parks should consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and shoes. American dog ticks (reddish-brown with mottled white markings on their backs) have the potential to carry spotted fever.
    Italy's new PM Conte begins work

    Italy's new PM Conte begins work

    His comments sparked outrage in Italy, with Salvini blasting them as "racist" in his victory speech Thursday in northern Lombardy. The current purely proportional system produced a hung parliament two months ago, and polls suggest it could happen again.
  • Gareth Southgate full of praise for Jesse Lingard ahead of World Cup

    Gareth Southgate full of praise for Jesse Lingard ahead of World Cup

    Two first-half goals was all England needed to walk away 2-1 winners over Nigeria in an worldwide friendly on Saturday. The campaign has reached the point that it starts to look like an agenda - a personal vendetta.
    Snow Patrol announce more headline Irish dates on United Kingdom  and Ireland tour

    Snow Patrol announce more headline Irish dates on United Kingdom and Ireland tour

    The band's latest record, Wildness , is soaring ahead at the summit of the chart at the midway stage. Beautifully composed, it packed with Snow Patrol's earnest musicality.
    Paul Pogba defiant after French crowd jeer midfielder in Italy friendly

    Paul Pogba defiant after French crowd jeer midfielder in Italy friendly

    Italy cut the deficit before the break when Leonardo Bonucci alertly followed up after Hugo Lloris failed to deal with a powerful Mario Balotelli free-kick.
  • USC's Bowen remains in NBA draft amid ongoing federal probe

    USC's Bowen remains in NBA draft amid ongoing federal probe

    Kansas received good news when 7-footer Udoka Azubuike announced he was withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to school. The hope was Bowen would be reinstated by the NCAA so he could eventually suit for the Gamecocks at some point next season.
    Kanye West's Wyoming Crew Had A Bluegrass Hoedown Following Listening Party

    Kanye West's Wyoming Crew Had A Bluegrass Hoedown Following Listening Party

    Blanco went on to describe how he studied and dissected Kanye's debut album, which ultimately shaped his approach to music-making. The cover art to Pusha T's latest album, Daytona , features an image of Whitney Houston's bathroom the night of a drug binge.
    Oil prices steady after shake-out on supply worries

    Oil prices steady after shake-out on supply worries

    In 2016, OPEC pledged to cut daily oil production in its member states by 1.2 million barrels in an effort to boost oil prices. EDT (1500 GMT) on Thursday, a day later than usual due to a U.S. public holiday on Monday.
  • Ciara and Russell Wilson Announce Plans to Bring MLB Team to Portland

    Ciara and Russell Wilson Announce Plans to Bring MLB Team to Portland

    If MLB were to award the city an expansion franchise, those involved in the project would naturally be the favorites to be owners. Earlier this month, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he would like to expand by two teams, to 32.

    Vijay Mallya resigns as director of Force India Formula 1 team

    The Indian businessman was part of a consortium that bought the Spyker team in 2007 and subsequently renamed it Force India. Mallya, who lives in Britain, is fighting a court battle to prevent his extradition to India to face charges of fraud.
    Dimitrov survives Donaldson dogfight to reach third round

    Dimitrov survives Donaldson dogfight to reach third round

    But everything fell apart with this sequence: forehand into the net, forehand wide, drop shot into the net, backhand into the net. The Bulgarian has never made it past the third round at Roland Garros and will now face hard-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco .

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.