Chinese spaceship set for Mars landing in May: report

A Chinese spacecraft is scheduled to land on Mars in May, state media reported on Thursday, citing an official from the space agency.

The spacecraft, which left Earth in July, is scheduled to land in Utopia Planitia, a plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars, reported the Chinese intelligence service, citing Liu Tongjie, spokesman for the Mars mission.

Separate spacecraft launched by the United States and the United Arab Emirates this year are also on their way to Mars, although only the US will attempt a landing.

In 2003, after the former Soviet Union and the United States, China became the third country to put a man into space with its own rocket.

China has made space exploration a top priority in recent years as it seeks to become a major space power by 2030.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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