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Well, it was live until a few minutes ago... Skip to around 2:45:00 before anything happens. This is the second manned mission to the Tiangong ("Heavenly Palace") space station (TSS) carrying taikonauts Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on a six month mission onboard the TSS.
The TSS is China's answer to the International Space Station (ISS). The TSS was launched on April 21, 2021 and currently has a crew of three. As CGTN (China Global Television Network) so blatantly pointed out in the broadcast, the ISS is going to fall out of orbit by the end of the decade or so, making the TSS the only game in town in the future. They welcome all other countries aboard, even the West!
The crew was carried aloft using China's flagship "Long March" rocket. Unlike rockets launched by, well, everybody else, the Long March has an uncontrolled re-entry after it delivers its payload so it lands wherever. Generally, that's not a problem and if it is, well, it's not crashing on Chinese territory. They don't care where their space junk goes. Everyone else aims for "Point Nemo".
Americans can use the broadcast to practice the language of their future overlords.
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