China Long March-7 Rocket Sent Re-entry Module Into Space From New Wenchang Space Launch Site

Posted: Jun 26 2016, 3:22am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 26 2016, 5:42am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

China Long March-7 Rocket Sent Re-entry Module Into Space from New Wenchang Space Launch Site
Credit: Xinhua

A re-rentry spacecraft is expected to land this afternoon in China.

China has a new rocket and spaceport. The Chinese space agency launched the new carrier rocket Long March-7 from the new space launch center in Wenchang, Hainan province.

The rocket was carrying a scaled-down version of a reentry module of a multi-function spacecraft.

The rocket's payload separated from the rocket 603 seconds after blast-off, and entered an oval orbit with a low point, or perigee, of 200 kilometers, and a high point, or apogee, of 394 kilometers.

The re-entry module is expected to return to Earth on Sunday afternoon at 4pm local time.

The re-rentry module has landed in inner Mongolia.

The Long March-7 is a medium-sized, two-stage rocket that can carry up to 13.5 tons to low-Earth orbit. This rocket will be the main carrier for China's future space missions.

Saturday's rocket launch is the first at the new Wenchang spaceport, and according to XinHua, the 230th of China's Long March carrier rocket family.

The video below explains the re-entry procedure.

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