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China’s Mars landing makes it the third country to land a rover on the Red Planet – ABC News

China’s arrival as a space power may seem recent, but it has been quietly ticking off goals and making capability improvements since the mid-1960s, writes Bill…

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In just over a fortnight, China has achieved an extraordinary amount in space.
While many overseas news outlets in recent days focused on an “out of control” Chinese rocket that re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and harmlessly landed in the Indian Ocean, the space station module that it launched is now orbiting the planet.
It’s a major step towards China independently running its own space station partly the result of the US locking it out of the ageing International Space station, which is due to be…

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