China sends its 1st Civilian to space
- China’s Shenzhou-16 spacecraft has been launched with three astronauts, including the first Chinese civilian, to the Tiangong space station.
- Aim of the mission: To replace the crew of Shenzhou-15 and conduct tests and experiments over the next five months.
- Importance: China is the third country to send astronauts and build a space station, after US and Russia.
- India’s Space Station Program India plans to launch its own space station by 2030, of about 20 tonnes (smaller than ISS) to conduct microgravity experiments. It will accommodate astronauts for up to 20 days in space (an extension of the Gaganyaan mission)