Launch Opens Chinese Space Station Phase

The first Long March 5B lofted the new manned spacecraft to orbit from the Wenchang base on Hainan.
Credit: Bradley Perrett/AW&ST
China is moving toward completing its space station in about two years, following a first launch of the facility’s associated manned spacecraft by the new rocket that the project needs. The launch opens the manned space program’s third phase, 28 years after it was sketched out. It also ends a 3.5...

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