China is building a new rocket to fly its astronauts on the moon

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China has revealed that it is working on a new rocket that could send astronauts to land on the moon.The new launch vehicle was unveiled at the 2020 China Space Conference in Fuzhou, east China on Sept. 18. The new launcher is designed to send a 27.6 ton (25 metric ton) spacecraft into trans-lunar injection. Mass at liftoff will be about 4.85 million lbs. (2,200 metric tons), nearly triple that of China’s current largest rocket, the Long March 5.Notably, the new rocket will feature three, 16.4-foot-diameter (5 meter) cores, in a style similar to two American rockets: United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy.┬áThe as-yet-unnamed rocket will be 285 feet (87 m) long, with a three-stage central core, and it is being designed at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) in Beijing.Related: The latest news about China’s space program”The world is seeing a new wave of lunar exploration, crewed or uncrewed. International cooperation projects in crewed lunar exploration are intertwined and influencing each other,” Zhou Yanfei, deputy general designer of China’s human spaceflight program, told Chinese media.China has not yet announced a date for a test flight or a potential lunar landing with the vehicle. However, Zhou added that …

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