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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 13th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Unlikely for them to copy the Saturn - they've been getting help from Russia, and their capsule is evolved from Soyuz. More likely they'd end up making something closer to the Russian designs.
From: ninjarat Date: October 13th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_March_rocket
Has a picture of a Long March booster unit.
buran From: buran Date: October 13th, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
buran From: buran Date: October 13th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm not sure what they'll do. Long March is a home-designed rocket, I think, but the Shenzhou is much like Soyuz, with some changes (most notably the orbital module).

The only routes they have for a workable lunar booster, though, if they want to use something designed for the purpose, is the N-1 (which never worked; the first stage was far too complex) or the Saturn 5. If they want to use the N-1, there's a lot more work to do than there is either modifying the Long March or something like the S5.
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