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Aerospace & Defense

China's heavy-lift rocket launch boosts space station ambitions

Xi has set 2022 goal for a national orbital outpost

The Long March-5B rocket lifts off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang, China.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China successfully launched one of its most powerful rockets to date Tuesday, an accomplishment state media heralded as a significant step toward orbiting a full-scale space station around 2022, a goal set by President Xi Jinping.

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