China hits major milestone with launch of Long March 5 rocket

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China's oft-delayed Long March 5 rocket program hit a major milestone on Friday when it sent a communications satellite into Earth orbit. The rocket is expected to play a major role in China's space exploration ambitions going forward, though it's had a rocky road throughout its development.

After multiple false starts and issues shortly after launch in earlier test flights, China appears to have finally nailed it on its third attempt. Ultimately, the country hopes the rocket will provide it with the power needed to launch missions to the Moon and even Mars in the not-so-distant future.

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China hits major milestone with launch of Long March 5 rocket originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 27 Dec 2019 at 21:11:26 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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