Elon Musk says he’s a big fan of what China is doing in space

Elon Musk applauded China’s national space program in a tweet Thursday.

The SpaceX CEO was responding to a New Scientist article about China’s Tiangong-2 space station, which is due to fall out of orbit Friday after circling the Earth for almost three years.

Tiangong-2 — which means “heavenly palace” — was never meant to be a permanent fixture but rather a test run for various technologies ahead of the launch of a bigger space station, which China hopes to send into orbit in 2020.