China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

 July 23, 2020

China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Yang Guanyu]

 

WENCHANG, July 23 (Xinhua) — China launched a Mars probe on Thursday, aiming to complete orbiting, landing and roving in one mission, and taking the first step in its planetary exploration of the solar system.

A Long March-5 rocket, China's largest launch vehicle, carrying the spacecraft with a mass of about 5 tonnes, soared into the sky from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of southern China's island province of Hainan at 12:41 p.m. (Beijing Time).

About 36 minutes later, the spacecraft, including an orbiter and a rover, was sent into the Earth-Mars transfer orbit, embarking on an almost seven-month journey to the red planet, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Cai Yang]

 

China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan]

 

China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Guo Cheng]

 

China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission
A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Guo Cheng]

 


China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Zhao Yingquan]

 

China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Yang Guanyu]

 

China Successfully Launches First Mars Mission

A Mars probe is launched on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in south China's Hainan Province, July 23, 2020. [Xinhua/Cai Yang]

 

(Source: Xinhua)

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