China Continues Search In Space

China’s biggest rocket, the Long March 5, returned to flight for the first time since a 2017 failure.

The successful launch of the Long March 5 rocket recently in sending a communication satellite into Earth’s high orbit, came after some setbacks.

China has been forging ahead with its space program over the years and recently used its robotic Chang’e 4 mission to make the first-ever soft landing on the mysterious lunar far side.

The latest rocket launch is designed to carry 25 tons of payload into low orbit to launch a Mars probe in 2020.

But the Long March 5 project, initially announced in 2001, suffered lengthy delays due to funding challenges and difficulties in developing new technologies for the first Chinese launcher to fully use liquid propellant.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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