A mysterious Chinese space plane just returned to Earth after 9 months in orbit – DNyuz

A mysterious Chinese space plane just returned to Earth after 9 months in orbit

After 276 days in orbit, a Chinese space plane has returned to Earth. The space plane was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China in August of 2022. The plane’s purpose is unknown, though Chinese state news agency Xinhua shared a statement saying that its experiment with the spacecraft was a success.

“The success of the experiment marks an important breakthrough in China’s research on reusable spacecraft technologies, which will provide more convenient and affordable round-trip methods for the peaceful use of space in the future,” Xinhua shared in an announcement.

China’s plans to increase its space reach include a space plane similar to that of the USAF pictured in this article. It is working to develop its own lunar missions, while its Zhurong Rover recently found evidence of liquid water on Mars . However, the country hasn’t shared what it plans to do with this mysterious space plane.

China’s space plane is likely part of plans to create a reusable spacecraft that can carry out various missions in orbit around our planet. The spacecraft also released an unknown object into orbit in October, just a few months after its launch. The belief is the object was most likely a satellite of some kind.

The successful landing of the mysterious Chinese spaceplane is exciting for China. However, it could be concerning for other nations due to China’s secrecy. However, this isn’t the first time a country has played coy about what it is doing in space. The USAF space plane, which is pictured above, is also a bit mysterious on its own.

Space planes like the X-37B and China’s own space plane may help pave the way for faster flights around the planet. NASA is also working on its own space plane, the X-59, which aims to make travel faster than the speed of sound possible.

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