The Tiangong-1 module is China’s first effort to orbit a station in space. The 8.5-ton station has been launched on September 29, 2011, and will be visited first by the crewless Shenzhou-8 automatic ferry craft. Later, Shenzhou capsules carrying up to three passengers will dock with the station during its planned two-year lifespan in orbit.

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Andrea Gini is a content strategy consultant specialized in companies of the space sector. He is founder of Space Safety Magazine, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief until March 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked in the European Space Agency in the Independent Safety Office, which overviews the utilization of the International Space Station. He previously worked as Software Developer, IT Consultant, and trainer of Java-related technologies. Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in Communication of Science from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.

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