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China to launch its first Mars probe next month

(Beijing Times)

15:11, October 20, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

China's first Mars probe Yinghuo 1 will blast off as part of a joint mission with Russia's unmanned Mars rover Phobos-Grunt from the Baikonour cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Nov. 9.

This launch is Russia's first "journey to Mars" this century. Its last was in 1996. Russia's Mars rover Phobos-Grunt was shipped to the Baikonour cosmodrome on Oct. 17.

This probe is jointly conducted by China, Russia and Europe. China's Yinghuo 1 and Russia's Phobos-Grunt are scheduled to be launched by a Russian rocket on Nov. 9. China's Yinghuo 1 will run for one year in the orbit of Mars to explore the Martian space environment.


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