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China successfully launches its first independent Mars mission, the 'quest for heavenly truth'

23 Jul 2020, 08:42 UTC
China successfully launches its first independent Mars mission, the 'quest for heavenly truth' Andy Wong

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.

The Tianwen-1 was launched on a Long March-5 carrier rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern island of Hainan.

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