On Thursday, China launched its first mission to Mars.
The mission, called Tianwen-1, was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southern province of Hainan on a Long March-5 Y4 carrier rocket, reports state-run Xinhua news agency.
The China National Space Administration said the spacecraft reached the intended Earth-Mars transfer orbit after flying for approximately 2,000 seconds, officially focusing on its journey to the Red Planet that is expected to take about seven months.
Preparations for the country’s first Mars exploration mission were completed last week-the first in the world to attempt to deploy an orbiter, lander, and rover all at once.
According to Chinese space researchers, the Tianwen-1 Mars probe is scheduled to enter Mars’ gravity field in February 2021.
Last Friday the fourth Long March-5 rocket-China ‘s largest launch vehicle so far-was transported vertically to Hainan’s Wenchang Space Launch Center. The rocket had been tested 3 times before.