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    Tianwen-1 - China’s first Mars mission

    Apr 24, 2020

    Tianwen-1 is the name of China’s first Mars exploration mission, scheduled to be launched this year. The name Tianwen (天問, Questions to Heaven) comes from a poem written by the Chinese poet Qu Yuan. The mission will be launched by the Long March-5 Y4 rocket.

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    Article "'Quest for Heavenly Truth': China's first Mars exploration mission will be called 'Tianwen-1' after a 2,000-year-old poem that ponders on stars and planets"
    The mission will see China send an orbiter, lander and a rover to the Red Planet
    While on the planet the six wheeled 440lbs rover will study the Martian ground
    All future Chinese planetary missions will be named after the poem Tianwen

    by Ryan Morrison
    April 24, 2020

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    Long March-5 Y4 ready to launch Tianwen-1

    Jul 17, 2020

    The Long March-5 Y4 launch vehicle will launch Tianwen-1, China’s first Mars exploration mission, from the Wenchang Space Launch Center, Hainan Province, China. The name Tianwen (天問, Questions to Heaven) comes from a poem written by the Chinese poet Qu Yuan. The mission is currently planned in late July or early August.

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    Tianwen-1 launch

    Jul 23, 2020

    The Tianwen-1 Mars mission was launched by a Long March-5 launch vehicle (Long March-5 Y4) from the Wenchang Space Launch Center, Hainan Province, on 23 July 2020, at 04:41 UTC (12:41 local time). Tianwen-1 is China’s first Mars exploration mission and includes an orbiter, a lander and a rover.

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    The Tianwen-1 Mars rover

    Jul 27, 2020

    The Tianwen-1 Mars rover was tested at the China Academy of Space Technology in a simulated Martian landscape. The rover is 1.85-meter-high, weighs 240 kilograms and is equipped with six scientific instruments. Tianwen-1 mission, orbiter, lander and rover, is expected to enter Mars orbit in February 2021. The name Tianwen (天問, Questions to Heaven) comes from a poem written by the Chinese poet Qu Yuan.

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    China’s Tianwen-1 space probe enters Mars' orbit

    Feb 12, 2021

    China's space agency released two videos showing its Tianwen-1 probe entering the orbit of Mars, saying the spacecraft was sending its Lunar New Year greetings back from the red planet

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    Article "China lands unmanned spacecraft on Mars for first time"
    State-run media says landing ‘spectacularly conquered’ a new milestone; it joins US Perseverance rover which landed in February

    May 15, 2021

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