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With Tianwen-1 China aims orbiting, landing, roving on Mars in one mission

Approved by Chinese authorities in January 2016, Tianwen translates to "questions about the heavens"

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An artist's illustration of China's first Mars rover Tianwen-1 on the Red Planet. (CNSA)

Shibu Tripathi New Delhi
As the flurry of missions to Mars continue, China is all set to launch its first spacecraft to the Red Planet. Dubbed Tianwen-1, the launch is likely to take place on July 23 as Mars comes close to Earth in its orbit. 

In one of the most ambitious space explorations, China aims to achieve orbiting, landing and roving on the Red Planet in a single mission. According to Global Times, China's Mars orbiter will carry seven scientific payloads, while the rover will have six instruments to explore the Red  Planet. 

Approved by Chinese authorities in January 2016, Tianwen translates to

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First Published: Jul 22 2020 | 8:31 PM IST

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