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Old July 23rd, 2020 #1
Ray Allan
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Ray Allan
Default China launches Tianwen-1 Mars probe

China successfully launched its Tianwen-1 probe to Mars today at 12:41 p.m. Peking time from the Wenchang launch site on Hainan Island. The Long March-5 rocket performed well and the spacecraft successfully separated from the booster after performing the Trans-Mars injection burn where it will arrive at Mars in February 2021. Tianwen (Heavenly Questions)-1 consists of a Mars orbiter, lander and rover, and is the first interplanetary mission to launch from Chinese territory. The Chinese space agency has selected two preliminary landing sites at Utopia Planitia in Mars' northern hemisphere, the same region where NASA's Viking 2 probe touched down in 1976.

"Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy."

--Henry A. Kissinger, jewish politician and advisor

Last edited by Ray Allan; July 23rd, 2020 at 03:40 AM.


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