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The competition heats up: China successfully launched its first Long March 7 rocket on Saturday, the first launch also from its new Wencheng Spaceport.
According to this official Chinese report, the test capsule on the rocket also landed successfully and has been recovered.
Previously I had mistakenly reported that this launch would put into orbit China’s next test space station module. That launch is not until the fall.