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China's space program makes a 'dramatic leap'

2016 was a banner year, and now it's the moon or bust

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In this screen grab from a China Central Television program, two astronauts salute the camera after stepping into the Tiangong-2 space lab from the Shenzhou-11 after the two spacecraft docked.   © Kyodo

TOKYO China's space program has come a long way over the decades, but a flurry of notable achievements this year indicates that the country's efforts to explore the heavens are progressing faster than ever.

At this rate of development, China's goal of sending people to the moon by 2030 appears entirely realistic.

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