China launches its Mars lander-probe

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China launches its Mars lander-probe

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Yesterday, China successfully launched its Mars-lander from Wenchang Space Centre on the southern island of Hainan. China's largest lift vehicle the Long March 5 Y-4.
In 2020 Mars will be at its closest distance to Earth.
It's expected that the probe will arrive at Mars in February. It will attempt to land on the vast Utopia Planetia plain. This is China's first independent mission to another planet. If successful, the mission will place China in the top league of space-faring nations.
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Re: China launches its Mars lander-probe

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The first Chinese spacecraft to explore Mars was Inkho-1, launched in conjunction with the Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt in 2011 - a launch that failed. The launch of the Chinese mission on July 22, 2020 was one of three launches of spacecraft to Mars
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Actually now we can say that China has landed its first rover on Mars on May 14th.
The Zhurong landing was the biggest test yet of China’s deep-space exploration capabilities. Within days, the rover could start to make geological discoveries. China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft, in orbit around the red planet, has dropped its lander and rover — named Zhurong after a Chinese god of fire — completing the most perilous stage of its ten-month mission.
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