BEIJING – A Chinese spacecraft is scheduled to land on Mars in May, state media reported Thursday, citing a space agency official.
The spacecraft leaving Earth in July will land at Utopia Planitia, a plains in the northern hemisphere of Mars, reported by China News Service, quoted 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, though only the United States will attempt to land.
In 2003, China became the third country to send a man to space with its own rockets after the former Soviet Union and the United States.
In recent years, China has made space exploration a top priority as it tries to become a space power by 2030.