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China just launched an ambitious Mars mission that could be its first to reach the red planet — and make it just the third nation to explore the Martian surface

China on Thursday launched a mission to Mars called Tianwen-1, which translates to “questions to heaven.” The mission aims to reach Mars in February 2021, slip a satellite into orbit around the red planet, and deploy a lander-rover to the Martian surface. The United Arab Emirates launched a Mars probe […]
China just launched an ambitious Mars mission that could be its first to reach the red planet — and make it just the third nation to explore the Martian surface