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China's Tiangong space station begins hosting global experiments

Rival to International Space Station brings opportunities to more scientists

China's Tiangong space station is considerably smaller than the International Space Station. (Photo courtesy of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation)

TOKYO -- Scientific experiments from researchers around the world have started on China's Tiangong space station, part of Beijing's bid to appeal to the global scientific community.

"We transported the first experimental equipment for joint projects with the United Nations to Tiangong on May 10," said China's Manned Space Agency project office at a United Nations-hosted online symposium on May 15.

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