A Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Wenchang, Hainan province, in July 2017. Soon after the launch, state media announced the mission had failed. Photo: Reuters

From Mao’s vow to Xi’s ‘space dream’, China takes another step on its Long March to the moon

Tiangong-1 came back to Earth with a bang on Monday, but it did little to diminish Beijing’s ambitions to become a global space power

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A Long March-5 Y2 rocket takes off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Wenchang, Hainan province, in July 2017. Soon after the launch, state media announced the mission had failed. Photo: Reuters
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