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China Launches Heavy-Lift Long March 5 Rocket for 1st Time

China Launches Heavy-Lift Long March 5 Rocket for 1st Time 7 November, 2016

China's powerful new heavy-lift rocket soared on its maiden flight on Nov 3rd, bringing the nation one step closer to building its own space station in Earth orbit.

The Long March 5 rocket lifted off from the Wenchang launch centre on Hainan Island, off China's southern coast, at 8:43 a.m. EDT.

Long March 5 carried to orbit an experimental satellite called Shijian-17, which is designed to test electric-propulsion technology.

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