China launches its first unmanned mission to Mars

China launched an unmanned probe on Thursday to Mars in its first independent mission to visit another planet. China’s largest carrier rocket, the Long March 5 Y-4, blasted off with the probe at Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern island province of Hainan.

The probe is expected to reach Mars in February 2021. It comprises an orbiting spacecraft known as an orbiter, which will release a second spacecraft called a lander that will attempt a controlled descent to the surface. Once settled, the lander will deploy a rover that will explore its surroundings for 90 days.

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