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China to Send Rover to Mars Next Year

By Wang Jiawen and Tang Ziyi / Mar 04, 2019 04:17 PM / Environment

Wu Weiren. Photo: VCG

Wu Weiren. Photo: VCG

It looks like China hopes to follow up on the success of Chang'e 4, the spacecraft that made history when it landed on the far side of the moon last month.

China now plans to land a rover to Mars next year, the next step in its ambitious plan to become a major space power.

China will send a rover to Mars to orbit, land and conduct astronomical observations, Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program, said on Sunday before the opening of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

China plans to become a space power by 2030. Other projects in the works include building a reusable launcher and a permanently manned space station.

Related: Five Things to Know About China’s Bid to Land on the Far Side of the Moon

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