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China To Launch New Spacecraft, Eyes Moon Trip

Chinese language state media reported the “successful” launch of a brand new rocket on Could 5, a serious take a look at of its ambitions to function a everlasting house station and ship astronauts to the Moon/AFP

 

China mentioned on Tuesday that it’ll launch a brand new spacecraft at 6 pm (1000 GMT), in a take a look at of its ambitions to function a everlasting house station and ship astronauts to the Moon.

The brand new massive provider rocket — Lengthy March 5B — is predicted to make its maiden flight from the Wenchang launch website within the southern island of Hainan, the China Manned House Company mentioned in a press release.

Lengthy March 5B is meant to one-day transport astronauts to an area station that China plans to finish by 2022, and ultimately to the Moon.

The US is thus far the one nation to have been in a position to ship people to the Moon.

However Beijing has made big strides in its effort catch as much as the US house programme, sending astronauts into house, satellites into orbit, and a rover on the far facet of the Moon.

A profitable maiden flight of the 54-metre Lengthy March 5B would reassure China, following failures of the 7A mannequin in March and 3B mannequin in April.

Beijing has launched a number of house automobiles since 1999, the Shenzhou, which have been modelled after Russia’s Soyuz.

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