A spacecraft designed to test re-entry techniques for a future lunar-sample return mission lifted off from the Xichang launch facility on a Long March 3C on Oct. 23 (Oct. 24 local time) on a week-long mission that will take it around the Moon. Citing a spokesman for the China National Space Administration, China Daily’s English-language edition said the testbed will return to Earth after a swing around the Moon to test a "skip" re-entry technique pioneered by the Soviet Union ...


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