XINHUA – In June, China launched and successfully landed an experimental probe aboard a new generation rocket – another milestone in its ambitious space program
China was the third country to successfully land a rover on the Moon. To date, the US is the only country to successfully land a rover on Mars, but a joint European-Russian mission is already on its way. A previous British-led attempt ended in, possibly only partial, failure.
China would, however, be the fifth country or grouping to orbit Mars, behind the US, Russia/USSR, Europe and India.
It has also recently built the world’s largest radio telescope and launched a new generation space rocket that it hopes will power future missions, including to Mars.