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A fighter jet flies near a large balloon drifting above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of South Carolina near Myrtle Beach, Feb. 4. Minutes later, the balloon was struck by a missile from an F-22 fighter jet, ending its weeklong traverse over the United States. China said the balloon was a weather research vessel blown off course, a claim rejected by U.S. officials. Chad Fish/AP hide caption

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The Chinese balloon saga could be part of a new space race closer to Earth

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Sailors prepare material recovered in the Atlantic Ocean from a high-altitude balloon Friday for transport. The U.S. military says it has succeeded in recovering "significant debris" from a Chinese balloon that was shot down off of the South Carolina coast. Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Seelbach/U.S. Navy photo hide caption

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Owned by Tencent, one of China's biggest companies, the WeChat app has more than 1 billion monthly users in China and now serves users outside the country, too. Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China Intercepts WeChat Texts From U.S. And Abroad, Researchers Say

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