China Plans Trip To Moon, To Launch New Rocket

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 5, 2020

The white large rocket blasted off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the coast of southern China's island province of Hainan at 6 p.m. (Beijing Time), state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). The new Long March 5B rocket has been specially designated to propel modules of the future space station into orbit. "A series of technological breakthroughs have been achieved such as the separation of the large fairing and the payloads in space and the precise control of the rocket to enter orbit directly with a high thrust, laying the foundation for constructing China's space station", CMSA said.

The Long March-5B - with a length of about 53.7 metres and takeoff mass of about 849 tonnes - was also carrying an inflatable cargo return module.

China's burgeoning space program achieved a milestone a year ago by landing a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon and has plans to launch a lander and rover on Mars.

Long March 5B is meant to someday transport astronauts to an area station that China plans to finish by 2022, and finally to the Moon. Eventually, the spacecraft will replace the Shenzhou, which is the current vehicle that China uses to bring astronauts to space for rendezvous with orbital stations. The launch was earlier scheduled for mid-to late April.

The United States is so far the only country to have been able to send humans to the moon.

China has since been racing to catch up with Russian Federation and the United States to become a major space power by 2030.

Beijing has made huge strides in its effort catch up to the USA space programme, sending astronauts into space, satellites into orbit and a rover on the far side of the Moon.

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