China is aiming for Mars.
The nation reaffirmed its plan to send China’s first lander to the red planet by 2020 in a white paper released by the Chinese government this week. The new paper lays out the nation’s ambitious plans to explore the solar system with a variety of missions by the end of the decade.
If successful, the Mars mission would make China the second country to successfully soft-land a probe on Mars.
China’s space plans also include “further studies and key technological research on the bringing back of samples from Mars, asteroid exploration, exploration of the Jupiter system and planet fly-by exploration,” the white paper says. Read more…