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Long March 5 launch fails
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017, 7:47 AM ET (1147 GMT)
Long March 5 launch of Shijian-18 (Xinhua) The second launch of China's Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket ended in failure July 2. The rocket lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on the island of Hainan at 7:23 am EDT (1123 GMT) and initially appeared to go as planned. About 45 minutes after liftoff, though, Chinese media reported that the launch had failed, but did not provide additional information. Some observers of in-flight video noticed a plume of gas from one of the engines in the core stage of the rocket more than five minutes after liftoff, suggesting a malfunction of the engine. The rocket's payload was Shijian-18, a large experimental communications satellite. The rocket's next flight was planned for November, carrying the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission.
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