This is the 1st Photo of China's Mars Explorer Launching in 2020 | 10/12/2019 | Leonard David
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The first picture of China's new Mars explorer has been unveiled,setting the stage for an ambitious mission the country will launch to the Red Planet next year.

"The mission is going smoothly," the state-run China Global Television Network (CGTV) quoted Ye Jianpei, chief scientist of Space Science and Deep-space Exploration with the Chinese Space Technology Academy, as saying. "If no surprise, the Mars explorer is going to be launched in 2020, and land before 2021.”

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The image of an encapsulated spacecraft within its cocoon-like aeroshell was issued by the China Aerospace Technology Corporation. Earlier stories by Chinese space officials said the mission includes an orbiter, lander, and a rover.

An artist's concept of China's planned Mars lander and rover on the surface of the Red Planet. The mission launches in 2020.

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The mission is designed to examine the Red Planet's atmosphere, landscape, geological and magnetic characteristics, which could provide clues to the origin and evolution of Mars and the solar system, Ye said.

“Mars exploration is very innovative. If it proves to be a success, it will be...
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