China unveils name of first Mars exploration mission

Science

FILE PHOTO: A lander for China’s Mars mission is seen before a hovering-and-obstacle avoidance test at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, China November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s space agency on Friday unveiled the name of its first Mars exploration mission, coinciding with China’s annual Space Day and the 50th anniversary of the launch of its first satellite.

The Mars mission has been named Tianwen-1, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The unmanned exploration mission to Mars is expected to be launched this year.

The name comes from “Tianwen”, or “Questions to Heaven”, a poem written by Qu Yuan who lived more than two millennia ago.

In the poem, questions were raised about stars and other celestial bodies.

The CNSA said all of China’s planetary exploration missions in future would be named “Tianwen” to signify the country’s scientific pursuits in space.

China successfully launched its first satellite, the Dongfanghong-1, in 1970.

In 2003, it became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States.

Since then, China has been racing to catch up with Russia and the United States and become a major space power by 2030.

Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Robert Birsel

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Prepare to study in Canada
Study permit: Who can apply
Nurse Aides And Orderlies Can Now Immigrate To Canada Through Express Entry 
Boost PNP Slots For International Students, Conference Board Says
Newfoundland And Labrador Wants Its Provincial Canada Immigration Allotment Doubled
Hybrid Work Arrangements Becoming Popular As Canada Jobs Market Remains Tight
Quebec Issues 998 Canada Immigration Invitations To Candidates With Job Offers Outside Montreal

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *