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China launches four satellites

China early this morning successfully launched four satellites, its Long March 2D rocket lifting off from its Taiyuan spaceport in the northwest of China.

No further information about the satellites was released. Nor did China’s state-run press provide any information about where the rocket’s lower stages, using toxic hypergolic fuels, crashed within the country.

The leaders in the 2024 launch race:

52 SpaceX
22 China
7 Russia
5 Rocket Lab

American private enterprise still leads the world combined in successful launches, 59 to 35, while SpaceX by itself still leads the entire world, including other American companies, 52 to 42.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

 
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2 comments

  • Paul Revere

    Not a launch but good news for China’s moon lander. It fired its rocket and reduced speed so it is now in lunar orbit. Don’t know if you covered it. Here is story on Ukrainian websitse

    https://ukranews.com/en/news/1004462-chang-e-6-enters-lunar-orbit-after-near-moon-braking

  • Ronaldus Magnus

    As we review the latest SpaceX numbers, the Left celebrates Bezos. I believe Bezos could announce he is re-starting the dormant horseshoe industry and the Left would praise his entrepreneurship. SpaceX has revolutionized access to space, and if President Trump returns to the Oval Office, SpaceX could advance by leaps and bounds. Even before the Super Heavy booster becomes reusable, it can, today, move TONS of materials into orbit. We used to celebrate entrepreneurs who made billions while making incredible advances. Some day we will again.

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