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China’s rocket launch fails
China’s failed rocket launch

In what may be a big blow to China’s space ambition, the second launch of its new-generation Long March-5 carrier rocket failed Sunday.

Carrying an experimental communication satellite, China’s largest rocket lifted off at 7:23 p.m. local time (7:23 a.m. ET) toward clear skies from the seaside Wenchang space launch centre on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.

China’s rocket launch fails
The rocket before the launch

China’s rocket launch fails

But 40 minutes later, the state-run Xinhua news agency flashed a headline declaring the launch a failure — without providing any details.

Dubbed “Chubby 5” for its huge size — 5 meters in diameter and 57 meters tall — the LM-5 rocket is designed to carry up to 25 tons of payload into low orbit, more than doubling the country’s previous lift capability.

Xinhua initially tweeted: “#BREAKING: China’s launch of Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket fails.”
It then tweeted: “Anomaly was detected during its flight and further investigation will be carried out.”

*Reported by CNN

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