Chinese to land on Mars in 2020

China’s space program planners aim to have its astronaut land on Mars by 2020. First, the Chinese aim to land on the dark side of the moon in 2018.

China runs an ambitious and fast-growing space program; it aims to be among the major space powers of the world in 2030. Its space program management plans to launch its first Mars probe around 2020. This mission is meant to carry out orbiting and roving exploration. A second mission would include collection of surface samples.

China launched its space program relatively late, CNN reports. Since 2003, China has staged a spacewalk, landed a rover on the moon and launched a space lab. Future plans include the operation of a 20-ton space station.

The Chinese want to increase cooperation with other international space agencies. America’s NASA is not one of them, as U.S. Congress has prohibited NASA from working with China because of national security concerns.

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