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Giant new rocket roars into space

By Zhao Lei in Wenchang, Hainan | China Daily | Updated: 2016-11-04 08:12

The first Long March 5, a titanic heavy-lift carrier, pierced the heavens Thursday night

China launched its first heavy-lift Long March 5 carrier rocket late Thursday, marking a new milestone in the country's space industry.

As China's first-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Long March 5 has a liftoff weight of 870 metric tons, and a maximum payload capacity of 25 tons to low Earth orbit and 14 tons to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

Giant new rocket roars into space

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