Using its Long March 2D rocket China today placed four satellites into orbit, two to observe the Earth, one to study asteroids, and one a technology test satellite.
No word on where the rocket’s first stage booster landed within China.
The leaders in the 2021 launch race:
2 Rocket Lab
The US still leads China 24 to 16 in the national rankings.
From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.
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