A Long March 5 stands by at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan. Photo: Xinhua

Why China’s next Long March 5 rocket mission will be about restoring national pride

  • Largest carrier rocket in Chinese fleet understood to be standing by after setbacks
  • On its maiden mission in November 2016, the rocket failed to reach the speed required for the early phase of the flight
Topic |   China science

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A Long March 5 stands by at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan. Photo: Xinhua
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.