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China will debut several new Long March rockets this year to boost its options for space launches.
China's human spaceflight agency has given names to spacecraft being developed to put astronauts on the moon: Mengzhou ("Dream Vessel") and Lanyue ("Embracing the Moon").
China just aced its 10th sea launch, using a specially converted floating barge and a solid rocket called Smart Dragon-3.
China's Chang'e-5 moon samples are giving scientists new insights into the history of our moon.
The Chinese company Expace pulled off a brief launch and landing test with a rocket prototype last month, as it aims to build a reusable launch vehicle.
China is displaying models of the rockets and spacecraft it is developing to send its astronauts to the moon six years or so from now.
The core module of China's Tiangong space station — named Tianhe, or "Harmony of the Heavens" — has now been orbiting Earth for more than 1,000 days.
A Chinese space freighter has delivered human bone cells to the Tiangong space station for on-orbit research that could help people here on Earth.
China's commercial space activities continue to grow, with a solid rocket putting five privately built satellites into orbit on Jan. 22.
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