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China’s First Mars Lander is Going to be Called ‘Tianwen’

Friday April 24 was China’s “Space Day,” celebrated on the 50-year anniversary of its first satellite launch. This past Friday, China marked the occasion with the announcement of the name for their first Mars Lander: Tianwen. According to China’s National Space Administration (CNSA), Tianwen translates to “Quest for Heavenly Truth.” China is enjoying the success ...

Troy Oakes

Chang'e 4.

Launch of ‘Long March’ Rocket a Boost for Chinese Space Program

China successfully launched its largest space rocket yet, in what is a major step in its plans to further explore the Moon and eventually conduct Mars missions.  The Long March 5 rocket lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 27 and entered orbit a quarter-hour later. It deployed the communications satellite Shijian ...

Max Lu

China's Long March 5 rocket..