Long March Rockets (or Changzheng Rockets), named after an 8,000 miles long military retreat started in late 1934 by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China that began Mao Zedong’s ascent to power, are Chinese rockets used for launching satellites into Earth orbit.
On February 14, 1996, the Long March 3B rocket carrying the US built Intelsat 708 satellite veered severely off course immediately after launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center and exploded over a village, wiping much of it out. Incredibly, according to the Chinese government’s official news agency Xinhua, only 6 people died and 57 were injured by the explosion thanks to most villagers having climbed surrounding hills to watch the launch from there.
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