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The final satellite of a Chinese navigation array was launched into orbit on a Long March 3B carrier rocket on June 23, completing the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Version 3 six months ahead of schedule.

A team of Chinese mountaineers and surveyors were the only climbers to stand on top of the world in 2020 - their mission to calculate the height of Mount Qomolangma

China’s newest version of its workhorse heavy-lift rocket the Long March-5B (Changzheng-5B) blasted off into near-Earth orbit on May 5, carrying a prototype crew capsule and a flexible and inflatable cargo return capsule.

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Chinese scientists revealed in the journal Science Advances that they have explored the subsurface of the far side of the moon, finding that its structure is “primarily made up of low-loss, highly porous, granular materials with embedded boulders of different sizes.” 

China launched its largest carrier rocket Long March 5 (or Changzheng 5) in Wenchang, Hainan Province on December 27, 2019. It was the heavy rocket’s third flight, and the first since a failed launch in July 2017.  

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation publicized the first pictures of China’s Mars probe on October 12, revealing that China is set to launch the probe by mid-2020.