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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.

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.  

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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. 

The BBC recently nominated Tu Youyou, the 89-year-old Chinese pharmaceutical chemist, as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century for her discovery of a new treatment for malaria that “helped save millions of lives.” 

Chinese scientist Wu Yican has won the SOFT Innovation Prize for 2018, ­making him the first Asian winner of the biennial award established by the European Union in 2014 to honor scientists who have contributed to innovation in nuclear fusion.