The Heat: Space Exploration

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China launched a Long March 8 rocket carrying a satellite that will serve as a communication relay for the Chang’e 6 mission. The probe will gather lunar material from the far side of the moon. Beijing is planning for a record 100 launches this year with growing help from the private sector.

Joining the discussion: 

  • Xu Yansong is a Former Director at the China National Space Administration. 
  • Yang Yuguang is Vice Chair at the International Astronautical Federation. 
  • Amitabha Ghosh is a planetary scientist. 
  • Keith Cowing is a former rocket scientist and Editor of