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China Successfully Launches Long March 5 Rocket on Third Attempt


Added 12-27-19 11:04:02am EST - “China announced Friday that it had successfully launched its Long March 5 rocket after a series of setbacks” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “China Successfully Launches Long March 5 Rocket on Third Attempt | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China announced Friday that it had successfully launched its Long March 5 rocket after a series of setbacks, the latest chapter in the country’s ambitious space program.

The occasion marked China’s 34th space launch of the year, the most in the world and seven more than the U.S. in the same time frame.

“After more than two years’ effort… the research and development team has overcome challenges in engine technology. [We] solved the problem,” Wang Yu, chief commander of the launch mission, told Chinese state television.

The last launch of the Long March 5, which can carry 25 tons of payload, failed in 2017. Initially announced in 2001, the project was delayed multiple times to adapt new technologies to the program.

“Although there has long been talk of playing down politics in the space programme to reduce the pressure on the researchers, the pressure of this launch is very high,” a scientist who attended pre-launch briefings said. “There is simply no room for failure.”

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