China Is Kicking America's Ass in Space

China Is Kicking America's Ass in Space
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hina has overcome its last significant hurdle to spaceflight. The Chinese have successfully launched their much-anticipated Long March V heavy-lift rocket. China can now place the modules to construct the Tianhe-1 space station (meant to rival the International Space Station) in orbit and, more importantly, Beijing can attempt its first interplanetary mission to Mars in late 2020.

Beijing can also conduct the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission next year. This mission is meant to determine whether there are enough mineable resources on the lunar surface. China plans to strip-mine the moon eventually. 

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