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China launches Tianwen-1 Mars probe

Cai Yang, Xinhua via AP

Posted at Jul 23 2020 05:14 PM

China launches Tianwen-1 Mars probe

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-5 rocket carrying the Tianwen-1 Mars probe lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan Province, on Thursday. China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday in a bold attempt to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet.