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China's plans to dominate space

By 2045, China wants to become the strongest space power in the world. Namrata Goswami, an expert on the country's space program, says its recent landing on the far side of the moon was just the beginning.
The world watched as China landed a probe on the far side of the moon — a historic first for any nation. (AFP/Getty Images)
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"By 2045, China wants to become the strongest space power and space technology-based power in the world."

Namrata Goswami, an expert on China's space program, says one step towards that goal is the launch of a research mission to the far side of the moon, where right now a Chinese rover is at work exploring. It was a complicated technological feat and Goswami says it's just the beginning of the country's plans.​

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