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A China-launched reusable experimental spacecraft made a successful landing at the planned site on September 6, after a two-day excursion in orbit that followed its launch on a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, according to China’s State Xinhua News Agency.

Chinese scientists launched the country’s first Mars orbiter and rover mission Tianwen-1 on July 23.

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.

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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.

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.”