China names its first Mars Mission as ‘Tianwen-1’ on China’s Space Day

On the occasion of China’s Space Day, celebrated on April 24, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has announced to name the country’s first Mars exploration mission as ‘Tianwen-1’.

Aiming to integrate the orbiting, landing and roving in one mission, China plans to launch the Mars probe in 2020.

China has named its space mission after the long poem “Tianwen”, meaning ‘Questions to Heaven’, written by Qu Yuan (about 340-278 BC) who in his verses raised a series of question involving the sky, stars, natural phenomena, myths and the real world.

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has further decided to name all its future planetary exploration missions as the Tianwen series.

The CNSA also unveiled the logo of China’s planetary exploration missions, featuring the letter C, signifying China, international cooperation and capacity of entering space.

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