31 October 2022
Mengtian, the 2nd laboratory module of China's space station, is equipped with 8 racks dedicated to physicals science. The research facilities support experiments on fluids, materials, combustion and fundamental physics. "For example, the cold atomic physics cabinet supports studies of basic physics and condensed matter physics, and the temperature can be set to absolute zero – minus 273 degrees Celsius," said He Yufeng, chief designer of the Mengtian Space Application System under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He said that the cabinet can also promote the development of quantum devices. The high-temperature material experimental cabinet is for studies of space materials, and can reach 1,600 degrees Celsius.
And the combustion experimental cabinets can help us study how to prevent fires in space.