China made the first start of his most powerful carrier rocket “Changzheng-5″ (“long March 5″, CZ-5). The launch was made yesterday in 20:43 local time (15:43 MSK) from the spaceport Wenchang in Hainan province, where the missile was delivered in early September, reports the South China Morning Post.
The new missile, which is able to output in low earth orbit up to 25 tons of cargo, plan to use for the exploration of lunar and Martian surface. Chinese scientists in the framework of Mars exploration plan in 2020 with “Changzheng-5″ to bring the probe on the transition orbit of Earth and Mars to study the red planet.
17 October China has made the launching of a spacecraft with two taikonauts (astronauts) on Board. Ship “Shenzhou -11″ (Sacred canoe – 11″) was launched from the cosmodrome Jiuquan in the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu with the help of the carrier rocket “Changzheng-2F”. The ship successfully entered the preset orbit, safely bringing the two taikonaut into space.
In connection with the launch of Chinese President XI Jinping, who at that time was in India, where he attended the eighth leaders ‘ summit of BRICS countries, sent a telegram. In it, he “expressed to all involved in the space program technical staff and taikonauts hot greetings and conveyed cordial greetings”.
According to plan, “Shenzhou 11″ will carry out docking with the space laboratory “Tiangong-2″ (“heavenly Palace – 2″), launched on 15 September. Two taikonaut will remain aboard the lab within 30 days, they will hold a series of scientific experiments.