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China Finally Unveiled The Rover They’re Sending to Mars in 2020

China is on its way to becoming a global space giant.

Mankind’s insatiable hunger for knowledge has sparked another mission to find out whether Mars was ever occupied by living organisms.

Concept portrayal of China's Mars probe. -Reuters.com
Concept portrayal of China’s Mars probe. China Daily.

Stepping back onto the space exploration scene, China is giving us a computer-generated glimpse of the design for its space probe and rover, which will be used in its first ever Mars mission in 2020. The goal: find ice and water on the Red Planet.

According to Reuters, the mission will initially go into orbit around Mars before deploying a lander that will touch down in the low latitudes of Mars’ northern hemisphere, where the rover will explore the surface.

Concept portrayal of China's Mars rover and lander. -Reuters.com
Concept portrayal of China’s Mars rover and lander. China Daily.

Carrying a number of instruments ranging from cameras to a ground-penetrating radar, the lander’s six-wheeled rover will be the one to roam the Red Planet.

Although China would be the fifth country to orbit Mars, President Xi Jinping’s unyielding resolve to become a global space giant emerged in the undertaking of this endeavor.

“Becoming an aerospace power has always been a dream we’ve been striving for,” he said.

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