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China successfully launches first independent Mars mission – ABC News

An unmanned Chinese probe is headed for Mars, as Beijing aims to join the United States and former Soviet Union in having landed a rover on the red planet.

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China has launched an unmanned probe to Mars in its first independent mission to another planet, a bid for global leadership in space and a display of its technological prowess and ambition.
Key points:

  • Only the United States and Soviet Union have successfully landed rovers on Mars to date
  • A China-Russia joint mission to Mars in 2011 failed when the spacecraft failed to leave the Earth’s orbit
  • This year’s Mars launching season is particularly busy, with the US and UAE a…

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