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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 – Business Insider Australia

For the first time in nine years, China is on its way to Mars.



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  • 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 called Hope on July 19, and NASA plans to launch its own rover on July 30.
  • If China pulls off the landing, it would become just the third nation to exp…

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