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China lands spacecraft on Mars – The West Australian

China has become the first nation after the United States to land a spacecraft on Mars, according to state media.

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China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space.
Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American rover that arrived at the red planet in February.
China’s first Mars landing on Saturday follows its launch last month of the main…

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