China today used its Long March 4C rocket to successfully place another Earth observation satellite into orbit.
The article at the link also gives a short update on the status of China’s space station, with its first module Tianhe-1 presently scheduled for launch on April 29th, using their biggest rocket, the Long March 5B.
The leaders in the 2021 launch race:
2 Rocket Lab
The U.S. still leads China 13 to 7 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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