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China launches space rocket in ambitious Mars landing mission – The Guardian

Tianwen-1 mission attempts to put China in ‘elite’ club of countries conquering red planet

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China has launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet in a bold attempt to join the US in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet.
With engines blazing orange, a Long March 5 carrier rocket took off on Thursday at about 12.40 pm local time (0540 BST) from Hainan Island, south of the Chinese mainland. Hundreds of space enthusiasts watched from a beach across the bay.
The launch commander, Zhang Xueyu, announced that the rocket was flying normally about 45 minutes later. The Mars ro…

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