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- China has successfully launched “Tianwen-1” its first independent mission to Mars.
- A Long March 5 rocket carrying the
spacecraft ignited at the Wenchang Space Launch Site in south China’s
tropical Hainan province.
- China had launched an orbiter destined
for Mars on a Russian rocket in 2011, but the mission failed because the
- Tianwen-1, whose name means “Questions
to Heaven,” is a combined orbiter, lander and rover that aims to explore
the Martian environment and search for hints of life.
- The spacecraft will travel for about seven months until it reaches
Mars. It will orbit the red planet for two to three months before
attempting a landing.
- China Capital: Beijing; Currency of China: Renminbi.
- President of China: Xi Jinping.