Chinese spacecraft News
A Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from the moon has begun its journey back to Earth China becomes the first country to successfully retrieve lunar samples since the 1970s. A successful landing in Inner Mongolia would make China only the third country to have retrieved lunar samples after the United States and the Soviet Union
The Chinese spacecraft was deployed into orbit on Friday by the Long March 2F, a family of rockets that have transported Shenzhou spacecraft into orbit on both crewed and uncrewed missions over the years. Chinese social media has been rife with speculation over the spacecraft, which some commentators compared to the US Air Force`s X-37B. It is not known if the experimental spacecraft launched by China was a fixed-wing craft like the U.S. Space Shuttle. If it was similar to the X-37B, it would be about a fifth of the Space Shuttle in size.