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#Worldpower : #China Launches Space Rocket ahead of planned mission to #Mars

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News making its way to the headline of the world news, is that one of the world power China, has gone further ahead of its planned mission in 2020, to launch rocket in preparation for the mission this new year.

The heavy lift Long March 5 rocket carrying a test satellite payload blasted off from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan at 8:45 pm (1245 GMT), a livestream from state broadcaster CCTV showed. “After more than 2,000 seconds, the Shijian 20 satellite was sent into its predetermined orbit,” the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The rocket launch “tests key technologies related to future space missions,” Xinhua said.

The successful launch is a key part of China’s ambitious plans for a mission to the Red Planet next year and hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022.

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