China announces plan for a new space telescope as it readies to launch its next space station crew


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Staff members gather near a billboard depicting Chinese astronauts on the past Shenzhou missions after Chinese astronauts for the upcoming Shenzhou-17 mission met with the press at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) TAIPEI – China announced plans on Wednesday to send a new telescope to probe deep into the universe as it prepared to launch the country’s next, three-member crew for its orbiting space station. The telescope, dubbed Xuntian, will be installed by China's Tiangong space station and will co-orbit with it, according to a statement from Lin Xiqiang, spokesperson...