China Launches Ambitious Bid to Dominate Space Exploration | News

The main contractor fuelling China’s intergalactic ambitions has released an ambitious schedule for developing the country’s space-exploration technology with the aim of propelling it to global dominance in the field.

The Long March 8 rocket, named for the 6,000-mile trek undertaken by the revolutionary Red Army in which Mao Zedong rose to prominence, is set for release by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation in 2020.

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The Long March 9, set to follow in 2030, will be a super-heavy-lift rocket capable of making manned lunar missions, as well as carrying cargo to Mars.

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