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    25th Jul, 2020
  • Tianwen-1, China’s first fully home-grown Mars Mission, was launched by Long March 5 Rocket from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in Hainan Island, China.
  • The Tianwen-1 is carrying the duo of an orbiter and a lander or rover.
  • The name Tianwen means “Questions to Heaven” it was taken from the poem by Qu Yuan
  • The objective of Tianwen-1 is to orbit, land and release the rover and coordinate observations with an orbiter.
  • China launched a Red Planet orbiter – “Yinghuo-1” in 2011 November, the spacecraft flew with Phobos Grunt mission of Russia and the launch failed leaving the probe trapped in the Earth’s orbit.
  • Related Information: - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched its first interplanetary mission developed by Arab state – “Hope Orbiter” into space using Japan’s H-2A rocket on 19th July 2020 to study the Martian atmosphere and climate.

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