Chang Zheng-3

The Long March 3 (Chang Zheng-3, or CZ-3) is a family of space launch vehicles designed for Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and translunar orbit missions. The launch vehicle was based on the first- and second-stage of the CZ-2, and was added with a cryogenic third-stage. The early variant CZ-3 has now retired and been replaced by the improved CZ-3A/B/C series, which continues to support China’s satellite and lunar exploration programme until the introduction of the new-generation launch vehicles.

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