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China successfully tests new engine for Long March 9 rocket

China has moved a step closer to its ambition of carrying out a crewed lunar mission after it successfully tested a new engine for its super heavy-lift rocket.

Technical difficulties have been overcome in the first prototype of the YF-79 rocket engine, which is to be used for crewed moon missions and interplanetary flights, according to its developer, Beijing Astronautics Experiment Institute of Technology (BAEIT).

The announcement on Saturday came days after Nasa cancelled its Artemis 1 rocket launch to the moon for a third time.


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