<Editor's Pick>Tianwen-1: A big step forward for China's space exploration of Mars

Jul 29, 2020

23 July, 12:41 p.m. Beijing time, China's Long March 5 rocket, the most powerful launch vehicle in service, successfully carried out China's first Mars exploration mission, Tianwen-1, at the Wenchang Space Launch Center.

With the roar of the engines, the Long March 5 series of rockets soared into the sky. It will first send the probe to an Earth-Mars transfer orbit for a short stay to prepare it for its long journey to Mars. The probe is expected to land on Mars late this year or early next year for a six-month global and comprehensive exploration.

If the mission progresses smoothly, China's deep space exploration capability and technology level will achieve leapfrog development. And it will become the third country in the world to land on Mars and the second to patrol the planet. In the long term, Mars exploration will help humanity to better understand and utilize the Earth while laying the groundwork for achieving the goal of Mars colonization.