A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from Hainan province on July 23. Photo: AFP A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from Hainan province on July 23. Photo: AFP
A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from Hainan province on July 23. Photo: AFP
Space

China’s first Mars mission Tianwen-1 expected to reach red planet orbit next month

  • Probe has travelled more than 400 million km so far and is likely to touch down in May, space agency says
  • It has carried out three orbital corrections as well as equipment tests and remains in good condition

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A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from Hainan province on July 23. Photo: AFP A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from Hainan province on July 23. Photo: AFP
A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from Hainan province on July 23. Photo: AFP
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