Tianwen1: China’s Mars mission
Part of: GS Prelims – Science and Technology – Space related missions
- China launched its most ambitious Mars mission. (from Hainan Island, south of China’s mainland)
- If the mission succeeds, China will join the U.S. in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet.
- Tianwen1, or “quest for heavenly truth” – will look for underground water and evidence of possible ancient life.
Do you know?
- Landing on Mars is notoriously difficult. Only the U.S. has successfully landed a spacecraft on Martian soil, doing it eight times since 1976.