A lander is put through its hovering-and-obstacle avoidance paces in a test for China’s Mars mission at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, late last year. Photo: ReutersA lander is put through its hovering-and-obstacle avoidance paces in a test for China’s Mars mission at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, late last year. Photo: Reuters
A lander is put through its hovering-and-obstacle avoidance paces in a test for China’s Mars mission at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, late last year. Photo: Reuters

China readies to send space probe on Tianwen-1 mission to Mars

  • The lift-off date remains secret but China has previously said the summer offers ideal conditions
  • Despite pandemic disruptions, three international spacecraft expected to head for the red planet by the end of August

Topic |   Space
A lander is put through its hovering-and-obstacle avoidance paces in a test for China’s Mars mission at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, late last year. Photo: ReutersA lander is put through its hovering-and-obstacle avoidance paces in a test for China’s Mars mission at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, late last year. Photo: Reuters
A lander is put through its hovering-and-obstacle avoidance paces in a test for China’s Mars mission at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, late last year. Photo: Reuters
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