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China launches rover to Mars in search of life

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The People’s Republic of China has launched its own Mars rover into space, in its quest for search for signs of life on the red planet by Tianwen-1.

China is the second country to launch a rocket to Mars this week, after a United Arab Emirates Spacecraft began its journey there on Monday from Japan.

The US is also set to launch a rocket to Mars from Florida’s Cape Canaveral next week.

Tianwen-1 will take seven months to reach the red planet and plans to search for underground water and evidence of possible ancient life forms.

The tandem spacecraft – with both an orbiter and a rover – is expected to enter Mars’ orbit in February, aiming for a landing site on Utopia Planitia.

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