Major space exploration events in 2010

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Man's approach to the universe has witnessed a further diversification in its means of exploration in 2010, as world's major aerospace powers vied in developing means of delivery, launching satellites and building the International Space Station.
Following are some key space events that have happened in 2010.

1. The United States launched its space shuttles for three times in 2010 to deliver equipment needed for building the International Space Station, including three pressurized modules Tranquility, Cupola and Rassvet. With a total of 13 modules, the nearly-complete station now has the capacity for the long-term station of six astronauts and has its lifetime prolonged until 2020.

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