China aims to send a rover to Mars by 2020

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China hopes to put a rover on Mars around 2020, com­plete a manned space sta­tion around 2022 and test a heavy car­rier rocket around 2030, a top space sci­en­tist said.

Lei Fan­pei, chair­man of the China Aero­space Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Cor­po­ra­tion (CASC), the main con­trac­tor for the space pro­gram, re­vealed the de­tails on Sun­day in an in­ter­view with Xin­hua after the launch of CBERS-4, a satel­lite jointly de­vel­oped with Brazil, from the Taiyuan base, by a Long March-4B rocket. It was the 200th flight of the Long March vari­ants since April 1970 when a Long March-1 car­ried China’s first satel­lite, Dong­fanghong-1, into space. (Photo 3)

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