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China's reusable spacecraft returns successfully

By Tanisha Jindal

After three years of diligence, this past Friday, September 4, 2020, a reusable spaceship was launched on March 2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (or Launch Complex B2) within the Gobi Desert. On Sunday, September 6, the Chinese press agency Xinhua reported that the Chinese reusable experimental spaceship successfully returned to Earth after having spent two days within the terrestrial orbit. The secretive trial marks a historical milestone in China's quest to master reusable spacecraft.

As per China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the spacecraft's purpose was to assess the reusable technology during space flight and to contribute technical support in peace research of space. The Chinese reusable experimental spaceship was recorded within the catalogue of space objects under the international designation of 2020-063 and number 46389.

An International Designator is an international identifier allocated to artificial objects in space. The designation system is usually referred to as the COSPAR system, which stands for the Committee of Space Research Identifier (COSPAR) of the International Council for Science. The International Designator is additionally referred to as NSSDCA ID (NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive).

China shot its primary astronaut into orbit in 2003 and has launched a space station. The previous year, it became the prime country to land a robot rover on the moon's little-seen far side. A search carrying another robot rover is on the way to Mars.


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