China's Space Journey, To The Moon's Far Side And Beyond

BEIJING (AP) — China has come a long way since the founding of its space program in 1956. Shortly after the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Chairman Mao Zedong declared that China too should have an artificial satellite to keep up with the great powers. Now, being recognized as a galactic pioneer is once again part of China's national ambitions. “The space dream is part of the dream to make China stronger,” President Xi Jinping said shortly after taking office in 2013. — @AP

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