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    China Launches First Domestic Heavy-Lift Carrier Rocket (VIDEO)

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    China has launched its first ever domestic heavy-lift Changzheng 5 (Long March 5) carrier rocket.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — The launch system took off from the Wenchang launch base in the country's southern province of Hainan, according to a broadcast on China's CCTV on Thursday.

    China's largest ever rocket has a maximum payload capacity of 55,000 pounds to a low-Earth orbit.

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