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China: Beijing completes landing test ahead of 2020 Mars mission

China, Huailai
November 14, 2019 at 12:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

China completed a key landing test in preparation for its 2020 Mars mission at the space facility in Huailai, northwest of Beijing on Thursday.

An unmanned spacecraft descended from the height of 70 meters (230 feet) in an obstacle-avoidance test to the surface with small rocks imitating Red Planet.

The head of China National Space Administration Zhang Kejian said that Beijing began preparations for its historic unmanned mission to Mars in 2016. The official added that 'work is progressing smoothly'.

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China completed a key landing test in preparation for its 2020 Mars mission at the space facility in Huailai, northwest of Beijing on Thursday.

An unmanned spacecraft descended from the height of 70 meters (230 feet) in an obstacle-avoidance test to the surface with small rocks imitating Red Planet.

The head of China National Space Administration Zhang Kejian said that Beijing began preparations for its historic unmanned mission to Mars in 2016. The official added that 'work is progressing smoothly'.

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