A Long March 5 rocket, China’s most powerful in operation, at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern province of Hainan. China. Photo: AP A Long March 5 rocket, China’s most powerful in operation, at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern province of Hainan. China. Photo: AP
A Long March 5 rocket, China’s most powerful in operation, at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern province of Hainan. China. Photo: AP

Rocket engine prototype gives super boost to China’s space ambitions

  • The 220-tonne engine will power the next generation Long March 9 rocket and testing is expected to be completed this year
  • The China National Space Agency plans to land people on the moon by 2030 and there are ambitions for a return to Mars

Topic |   China's space programme
A Long March 5 rocket, China’s most powerful in operation, at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern province of Hainan. China. Photo: AP A Long March 5 rocket, China’s most powerful in operation, at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern province of Hainan. China. Photo: AP
A Long March 5 rocket, China’s most powerful in operation, at the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern province of Hainan. China. Photo: AP
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