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A Long March-5 rocket lifts off from Wenchang Space Center in China. A Long March-5 rocket lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center, Wenchang, China, Nov. 24, 2020 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

China’s Space Ambitions Have Washington on Edge

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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Two weeks ago, more than 12 million Chinese viewers tuned in to watch a live broadcast of the core module of China’s first crewed space station being launched into orbit. Not far from the launch site, a symphony orchestra performed as the Long March 5B rocket carrying the module took off, in celebration of a historic achievement that marks a key step forward in China’s growing space ambitions. ...

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